Along with the US West Coast, the Gulf of Maine (GOM) is poised to become the birthplace of the nation’s floating offshore wind industry. The 156GW offshore wind resource in the GOM is in close proximity to the New England region where electricity prices are some of the highest in the nation. With a tri-state BOEM task force in place, ambitious renewable energy policies in Maine and other Northeast states, advances in technology, and lowering costs, floating offshore wind is gaining significant momentum. To seize the opportunity, technical, regulatory, and permitting challenges must be addressed. The American Floating Offshore Wind Technical Summit (AFloat 2023) brings together leading experts to address these drivers and challenges to chart a course for floating offshore wind in the US.
The agenda focuses on topics related to research and development, emerging technologies, permitting, and design to address drivers and challenges from a technical, regulatory, and permitting perspective. Existing and planned projects will be reviewed, including New England Aqua Ventus, the country’s first commercial-scale floating offshore wind project that will be deployed in the Gulf of Maine.