Long Island Hosting Leading Offshore Wind Companies from Denmark for Day-Long Trade Visit

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The Long Island Association is playing host today to a trade delegation of 19 leading Danish offshore wind companies, visiting the United States this month to explore the potential of investing in the growing American offshore wind market.

Today’s day-long visit to Long Island – organized by the Trade Council at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago – includes stops at the Enterprise Park in Riverhead, Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, the Composites Prototyping Center and the Long Island Association.

The Danish delegation includes leading companies specializing in offshore wind components, foundations, installation, logistics and transport, among other associated fields.

Organizers hope the visit will encourage an exchange of ideas and the foundation for partnerships and local investments in the near future.

“Long Island is poised to be a leader in the U.S. offshore wind industry. The Danish delegation’s visit is evidence that our energy challenges are great economic development opportunities,” said LIA President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Law. “Launching an offshore wind industry here could mean new jobs for hundreds of local workers, not to mention local hiring and other investments by overseas companies. We’re proud to show this delegation what Long Island has to offer.”

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has demonstrated a dedication to expanding and diversifying its clean energy economy. Our tax free business programs like START-UP NY make it easier than ever for tech and energy businesses to locate in New York at great locations like Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Center,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “This opportunity to partner with Denmark, a leader in the offshore wind industry, shows that innovative public-private partnerships can happen both in-state and internationally, and collaborative efforts like these will help the state achieve greater energy efficiency while growing jobs and our economy.”

“Bringing jobs and clean, affordable energy to Long Island is truly a win-win,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “I am excited that the global leaders in wind technology have come to Long Island to discuss how we can partner to ensure Long Island remains a regional leader in clean energy technology.”

“Energy costs are too high on Long Island and affordable alternatives are needed for our economy and environment,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “I look forward to understanding what the offshore wind industry can do to reduce electric rates, create local jobs and protect our environment.”

“There is an opportunity associated with offshore wind energy to safeguard our environment and, at the same time, bring hundreds of jobs to our region,” said John R. Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “Long Island has a skilled workforce in place to jumpstart a new American industry.”

“This opportunity provides Long Island with a defined regional manufacturing initiative, utilizes our strong infrastructure of workforce training and industry partners, and will again demonstrate that Long Island is a strong economic engine and leader of innovation,” said Anne Shybunko-Moore, Chair of the Manufacturing Committee for the Hauppauge Industrial Association.

“Long Island’s manufacturing sector is an ideal partner for the supply of energy products to the U.S. market,” said LIFT Executive Director William Wahlig. “Regional companies have long supported programs critical for U.S. defense and infrastructure. The use of regional assets like the Composite Prototyping Center will accelerate our manufacturing supply chain and workforce readiness for these next-gen wind energy systems.”

“With EPCAL being centrally located between Brookhaven National Laboratories and Stony Brook University, siting a large scale wind energy manufacturing facility fits perfectly into the Town Board’s vision of redeveloping EPCAL,” said Riverhead Supervisor Sean M. Walter.

Denmark is known as the world’s “Wind Power Hub.” The country is a first-mover in the global offshore wind industry, with Danish companies responsible for more than 90 percent of the world’s offshore wind installations. The country has set impressive benchmarks for wind energy: Denmark has set a target of securing 50 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2020, and making the country free of dependence on fossil fuels by 2050.

“We’re proud of our role as a global leader in offshore wind over the last two decades, and we’re excited to meet with Long Island leaders and local companies to share the lessons we’ve learned and explore the potential for investing in the U.S. market,” said Claus Andersen, Director, Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago.

The Danish delegation includes representatives from the following companies: A2SEA, Aluwind, Bladt Industries, Blue Water Shipping, C-Bed, Cowi Consult, Deugro, DHI, Dong Energy, EKF, Energinet.dk, ICM Safety, LM Wind Power, LORC, Mammoet Wind, Niras, Offshoreenergy.dk, Semco Maritime and Siemens Wind Power.

“We see great potential in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry and we’re eager to explore the opportunities here in New York, which could be one of America’s leading offshore wind markets,” said Dorte Kamper, senior director of commercial sales and marketing Americas at LM Wind Power, the world’s biggest turbine blade manufacturer.

Also attending are leaders from Deepwater Wind, the offshore wind developer that has proposed supplying Long Island with more than 200 megawatts of renewable energy from Deepwater ONE – an offshore wind farm located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, N.Y.

“Europe – and in particular, Denmark – has shown remarkable leadership and innovation when it comes to offshore wind, and it’s time to jumpstart the American offshore wind industry,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “Long Island is in a sweet spot for this new industry, with a remarkable wind resource off its coastline, a ready workforce, and the leadership to make it happen. We’re looking forward to joining the dialogue with the LIA, local leaders and the Danish delegation.”

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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.