Offshore Wind Industry

Offshore wind (OSW) energy development is a key priority for North Carolina. With the second-highest offshore wind net technical energy potential in the United States, North Carolina is well-positioned to participate in this rapidly growing global industry. Applying the best practices and lessons learned from the European Union, this industry is expected to create a $100 billion supply chain and tens of thousands new jobs in the United States by 2030.

For more information about the economic opportunity in our state, see Go with the Wind: North Carolina's Offshore Wind Energy Industry.

For more information about a recently announced three-state collaboration to advance offshore wind projects in the region and promote the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States as a hub for offshore wind energy and industry, see PRESS RELEASE: Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Announce Agreement to Spur Offshore Wind Energy and Economic Development. The full SMART-POWER memorandum of understanding (MOU) is available here.

(*NEW*) OSW Supply Chain Registry Database

As part of the OSW Supply Chain & Infrastructure Assessments discussed below, the North Carolina Department of Commerce is launching an Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry database to facilitate business opportunities in the rapidly expanding U.S. east coast offshore wind industry. This database will serve as a platform to promote companies offering, or considering offering, offshore wind products and services, to encourage business partnerships, and to provide offshore wind developers and OEMs easy access to the North Carolina supply chain.

Supply chain components (consisting of rougly 8,000 parts overall) include everything from blades, towers, cables, steel and other wind turbine parts, as well as the infrastructure needed to bring the power ashore like transmission and substation equipment. Services include things like transport and assembly of components, construction staging and site-related work like geotechnical analysis.
Companies (both inside and outside North Carolina) are strongly encouraged to join this publicly available supply chain registry by entering non-proprietary business information through the brief (10-minute) survey at the following link:  

If you aren't sure whether your company would be a good candidate to supply the OSW industry, see this online guide to an offshore wind farm (Note: While the information on this site draws on examples from the United Kingdom, it will be instructive and useful to U.S. companies as well).

After completing this brief (10-minute) survey, if you have any comments regarding the content and practicality of this survey, please send them to John Hardin (see link to email below).

Thank you for your interest and support to help grow the OSW industry in North Carolina!

OSW Supply Chain & Infrastructure Assessments

The North Carolina Department of Commerce recently identified and hired an experienced, international consulting company to help the agency assess North Carolina’s potential as an offshore wind industry hub. BVG Associates will help the Department research and develop an inventory of businesses, organizations, and physical infrastructure best positioned to promote offshore wind development in North Carolina.

For more information about the assessments, see PRESS RELEASE: N.C. Commerce Taps International Wind Energy Experts to Support Comprehensive Industry Study.

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In mid-October 2020, BVG Associates began collecting information from interested parties that may want to serve, support, or participate in the offshore wind energy supply chain. If you would like to provide information of this type, please complete this form to submit your information to the N.C. Department of Commerce.  We will add you to our mailing list and we'll contact you in the near future to provide additional information.

For more information, contact John Hardin, Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation.