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.”
New member Ocean Winds will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry. Ocean Winds’ 15 offshore wind projects in 7 countries and across three continents are expected to push up demand for standardised training.
🔹2022 Annual Report shows 21% increase in GWO Active Workforce 🔹104 new training providers certified as network expands 🔹153 existing training providers broaden their GWO standards portfolio certification
• Global specialist offshore wind business Corio Generation joins as leading member • Corio's growing global windfarm portfolio will increase demand for standardised training
Global Wind Organisation is delighted to announce that Energy Ireland, as the promoting organisation for Green Tech Skillnet, will be adopting the new GWO Entry Level Framework for their award-winning Skills Connect Wind Turbine Technician Programme.
One of the defining characteristics of northeastern Brazil’s status as a prime location for wind farms is also causing problems in recruiting local talent. Now, thanks to a new programme called ‘Keep it Local’ 25 residents of Caiçara do Rio do Vento are being trained in GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and are on the pathway to begin new careers in wind.
On November 1st Global Wind Organisation (GWO) releases the Wind Limited Access Standard. This new standard was developed to provide a minimum viable safety training for infrequent visitors to onshore and offshore wind turbine generators (WTG) environments when supervised by at least two GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) qualified persons.