The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report outlining supply chain needs required to reach the United States’ national offshore wind goal of 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. The Demand for a Domestic Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain provides a broad summary of the components, ports, vessels, and workforce that are likely needed to achieve this target. 

With international offshore wind supply chains already near capacity, there is an immediate need to develop a domestic network to scale up this industry. This report estimates achieving 30 GW of offshore wind capacity will require at least: 

  • 2,100 wind turbines and foundations 
  • 6,800 miles of cable 
  • 5-6 wind turbine installation vessels 
  • 10 feeder barges to transport components 
  • 4 cable lay vessels 
  • An average annual workforce between 12,300 and 49,000 full-time equivalents. 

Access the report here