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DOE checking US offshore wind R&D capabilities

A picture from Cathie Associates visit to the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm; Block Island.

August 3 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking information from the industry and the public on existing offshore wind testing capabilities and the need for upgrades of national research and development (R&D) facilities.

The Request for Information (RFI) announced today is focusing on US facilities that can conduct “unique offshore wind R&D”, upgrades needed to ensure the US is “at the cutting edge of offshore wind R&D”, and specific tests and analyses that could be carried out at existing, upgraded, or new facilities so as to advance the domestic offshore wind industry.

Responses to the RFI, conducted by the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, are expected by September 14.  

The US currently has one operational offshore wind farm, the 30-MW Block Island park off Rhode Island, and several gigawatts of projects in progress.

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