The International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), a top technical conference for offshore wind energy in the United States, is coming to Princeton, N.J. April 3 to 6 — and so are impressive delegations from all over northern Europe, including Denmark, England, Norway, France, Germany and Belgium. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has also been invited to attend, along with First Lady Tammy Murphy.
These offshore wind industry leaders are traveling to New Jersey because of the tremendous business opportunities they see off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, from Cape Hatteras, NC to Cape Cod, MA. The IPF conference, which is sponsored by the Business Network for Offshore Wind (the Network), is taking place at just the right time and in an ideal location.
The host state, New Jersey, under the leadership of the newly elected Gov. Murphy, just confirmed the state’s commitment to generating 3500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the highest in the country.
The First Lady also has a strong interest and expertise in energy and the environment. On the other side of the Atlantic, the Europeans are showing the U.S. market what its offshore wind marketplace could look like in 10 to 15 years. Starting from 15 GW of wind farms in 2016, Europe is projected to take the world market to 30 GW by 2020 and 70 GW by 2025, with new players like China, France, and California joining the industry.
“The IPF has always served as a meeting place that brings together the expertise and investment dollars of northern Europe with the manufacturing and systems excellence of American companies,” said Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Network. “This year, because of rapid market expansion and incredible cost reductions in Europe, and major new commitments to offshore wind energy in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland, more than 800 attendees are expected, a record number for us and an indication of the incredible interest around this event.”
In addition to the international delegations, the forum will feature the latest technology and presentations from all of the industry VIPs from Europe and the U.S., including representatives from Orsted, Statoil, Deepwater Wind, DNV GL, Siemens Gamesa, MHI Vestas, WSP, LM Wind Power, Seaway Heavy Lifting, U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, and many others.