The White House recognizes the growing importance of offshore wind to the Nation’s clean energy future. In a statement, the United States and several Nordic countries committed to collaborate to increase deployment of offshore wind in the United States and Europe. To formalize their collaboration, the Government of Denmark and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation on offshore wind energy. The MOU highlights important priorities for cooperation and information sharing between the countries related to best practices for managing offshore wind, effective regulatory approaches, protection of the environment, and strategies to encourage expansion of offshore wind energy development. The MOU builds on ongoing U.S. engagement with Denmark on offshore wind.
When the first MOU was signed by the State of Maryland and Denmark to cooperate on offshore wind energy, the Business Network for Offshore Wind was there, along with State representatives in the accompanying photo. The Network has seen firsthand how these agreements translate into helping the business community.
The new MOU provides businesses access to Danish companies and their expertise, which is critical to building capacity for implementation of commercial-scale offshore wind projects and building out the U.S. offshore wind supply chain. These agreements open opportunities for business-to-business partnerships, which will lead to a transtlantic supply chain and access to the more than $100B global offshore wind market. This MOU moves the United States forward on offshore wind and paves the way for delivery of commercial scale offshore wind projects. The Network and its members applaud the vision and leadership of President Obama, US DOI Secretary Jewell and US BOEM Director Hopper.
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