German offshore wind company RWE plans to do business with

RWE Renewables, a German offshore wind giant, is looking to build an offshore wind supply chain in Louisiana, one of the top US oil and gas producing states.

RWE said last week that it will work with Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) and GNOwind Alliance to build a program that will accelerate Louisiana’s supply chain engagement with offshore wind and will benefit all Louisianans. Greater New Orleans, Inc. is the nonprofit regional economic development organization serving the 10-parish region of southeast Louisiana.

Over the next six months, GNO, Inc. will host a series of company-specific information and interview workshops with the goal of identifying existing Louisiana companies with transferable capabilities for offshore wind. The aim is to provide leading energy companies, such as RWE, with actionable supply chain contacts to achieve their goals of deploying multi-gigawatts of offshore wind energy.

Natural connection

“There is a natural connection between Louisiana’s historic strength in offshore oil and gas development and services and the future needs of offshore wind,” said Michael HechtPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Greater New Orleans, Inc. “We are thrilled to partner with RWE Renewables to help Louisiana businesses train their workforce and translate their capabilities for the enormous opportunity of the offshore wind farm in Louisiana.”

According to Louisiana Economic Development, more than 90% of US oil rigs are located off the coast of Louisiana.

65,000 jobs in the United States

In its announcement last week, RWE cited a recent report from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) that found demand for offshore wind projects will drive a national supply chain that could support 65,000 well-paying jobs in the United States. .3

From turbines to foundation fabrication, reaching the national goal of 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 will require a fully integrated value chain of suppliers and service companies. The Gulf of Mexico, and Louisiana in particular, have the potential to play a disproportionate role in meeting the needs of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry, RWE said.

“Louisiana’s plans are still in the works, but our team has had very positive experiences developing supply chain ‘pathfinder’ programs in which we engage with a range of local businesses to share information on the specific needs of the offshore wind industry, learn more about their capabilities and identify new opportunities to bring value to the nascent offshore wind market in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Sam Eaton, Executive Vice President Offshore Wind Development, RWE Renewables Americas.

Offshore wind energy is seen as an important component to achieving Louisiana’s climate emissions reduction plans. In its recently adopted climate action plan, the state proposed a target of 5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

“In addition, legislation (HB 165) to expand the size of wind leases in state waters has been approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives and is expected to pass the Senate in the coming weeks – further accelerating the deployment of commercial offshore wind in the Gulf Based on RWE Renewables’ significant experience in onshore and offshore wind markets, the biggest challenge is often helping companies at all levels of the chain to understand how they can fit into the new offshore wind market,” said RWE.

‘All the foregoing’

“Rapidly evolving innovations in alternative forms of energy, like offshore wind, have created opportunities for new jobs and businesses here in Louisiana,” the rep said. Jerome “Zée” Zeringue, of the Louisiana House of Representatives. “In this case, it’s not about choosing between oil and gas or new energy, it’s all of the above. Now is the time to take advantage of our companies’ decades of experience in the field. , world-class infrastructure for power processing and distribution, and a highly skilled workforce and creating an environment where success will not just be a goal, but a certainty.”

“I am thrilled to see the investment and partnership that RWE and GNO, Inc. are making to accelerate the development of the offshore wind supply chain here in Louisiana,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “This effort represents another tangible step in implementing the state’s climate action plan and will help Louisiana businesses take advantage of opportunities in the burgeoning offshore wind industry.”

“Louisiana has a distinguished history of providing energy to the region and the nation as a whole, and wind energy will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting our leadership role in this area as we are moving toward a clean, more carbon-sensitive energy future,” said Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Tom Harris.

James R. Rhodes