The North American wind industry is growing. Here, we take a closer look at some of the initiatives that are powering the growth.
In the United States, the offshore wind energy industry is forecast to add 14,300 jobs, according to the recently released study, “Powering the Future Global Offshore Wind Workforce Outlook 2020-2024,” by Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Global Wind Organisation (GWO).
Let’s take a tour of some initiatives that are powering this growth.
The three-state partnership includes a leadership team to streamline processes to support development of offshore wind. According to the memo of agreement, the three states will “reduce administrative burdens on the offshore wind industry by clarifying, streamlining, and aligning, where appropriate, state regulatory requirements.”
When approved, a final RFP is anticipated to be released to the industry in early 2021.
There are two funding agreements, with the first for $4.5 million to support workforce development specifically for offshore wind. Included in this are wind turbine technician training programs, GWO standardized safety training and education initiatives about offshore for labor unions, technical schools, and colleges and universities.
Wesley Witt, chair of the GWO North America Committee and Head of Quality Management and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, said, “The industry is growing rapidly here on and offshore, and the foundation of a standardized safety and technical training framework will have huge benefits for all concerned when it comes workforce development to meet demand for wind jobs.”
The Safety & Training Forum 2023 was GWO’s first event in the United States.151 Training Providers, Certification Bodies, Auditors, vendors, and Industry associations gathered to discuss safety training in the industry. The Forum aimed to increase engagement with North America’s Network and bring the different stakeholders to the table in a conversation about the roles standards play in the workforce challenge.
New member Skyborn will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry.
The latest GWO North American Market Briefing forecasts high growth of the wind industry and the associated need for more standardised training.
The MOU, signed at the Global Offshore Wind Summit, emphasizes GWO's role in developing entry-level skills. This collaboration aims to reshape workforce development, addressing Japan's labor challenges and carbon neutrality goals. A pivotal move for the growth of Japan's wind industry, especially in offshore projects.
Workforce safety and training were the subject of GWO's Wind Workforce Masterclass in Busan, South Korea, where over 100 delegates witnessed strong support for international standards.