The development of offshore renewable energy is a new industry for North America with the first projects currently working their way through the development process. In Europe however constructing utility scale offshore wind farms has been underway for well over a decade, with thousands of turbines now installed offshore, producing several gigawatts of clean, renewable energy.
In North America, we have an opportunity to learn from this experience to ensure that the projects here benefit from the lessons learned in Europe and elsewhere. In the area of workforce development the importance of properly preparing the women and men who will do the actual work offshore in a manner which is safe and results in a high quality installation could not be more important.
To that end WCG is pleased to announce that it is a founding member of Ocean Readiness. Ocean Readiness works with all types of interested parties from organized labor and government agencies to project developers and their suppliers to ensure that Americans are ready to safely work in the emerging offshore renewable energy market.
In the end, we all want the same thing for the projects in our local waters: Many Arms, Common Goals: Safety & Quality.