Wind executives raise alarm on House provision

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2022

Offshore wind industry executives are urging senators to exclude maritime crewing language from the House-passed Coast Guard authorization bill that they warn represents “an existential threat to the future of offshore wind” in the U.S. The provision in question would require crews on specialized offshore international construction vessels match the flag of the vessel or be American mariners as a condition of working on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The language from Republican Garret Graves and Democrat John Garamendi was intended to ensure that U.S. workers are employed in the construction of offshore wind.

In a letter Thursday to Senate leaders , the industry argues the House language would result in the delay and potential cancelation of the 19 offshore wind projects with power offtake contracts or awards. There are currently “insufficient” numbers of trained American mariners or crew from the vessel’s flag state, which effectively means the provision would block the use of international specialized offshore vessels when there are currently no U.S.-flagged specialized construction vessels to do the work, the executives write.