Energizing Opportunities: Growth for the Economy, the Environment, and Veterans

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    Energizing Opportunities: Growth for the Economy, the Environment, and Veterans

    Within the next decade, the US government hopes to be producing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind.

    An ambitious goal, this achievement would mark a new period of economic history in the United States. According to the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium (NOWRDC), generating that amount of power will bring high infrastructural and workforce demand.

    In a report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the estimated demands are as follows:

    • > 2,100 wind turbines and foundations
    • >6,800 miles of cable
    • 5-6 wind turbine installation vessels
    • 10 feeder barges
    • 4 cable lay vessels
    • 12,300-49,000 average, annual, full-time technicians

    “Developing [offshore wind] represents a significant and achievable opportunity to develop a new domestic industry that will deliver clean energy, manufacturing capabilities, and job growth to the United States,” NOWRDC’s press release said on the predicted figures.

    In the State of New York, progress toward reaching the 2030 energy generation target has already begun – and the benefits are already being seen.

    In mid-February, construction began on the South Fork Wind project. The project is the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in North America.

    South Fork Wind is projected to generate 130 megawatts of power. In context, South Fork Wind will be able to power 70,000 homes in East Hampton.

    As of now, the United States only has two other operational coastal wind farms. Located in Virginia and Rhode Island, these two farms combined generate less than ⅓ (42 megawatts) of what South Fork Wind will.

    Expected to be operational before 2024, South Fork Wind will be located roughly 35 miles from Montauk Point, Long Island, and will comprise 12 turbines made by the renewable energy company Siemens Gamesa.

    South Fork wind is just one example of how New York State is contributing not only to the production of offshore wind but renewable energy in general.

    The Empire State is no stranger to breaking ground in the clean power sector. Governor Kathy Hochul has set clear initiatives for New York to transition away from traditional power sources (fossil fuel) and into renewable power sources (hydro, solar, wind).

    70% of New York’s electricity is intended to be generated by renewable sources. In contrast, 73% of New York’s electricity was generated by nonrenewable sources in 2020.

    There is a lot of work to be done to meet the goals set forth both nationally and specifically within the State of New York. The economy must adapt to fit the demands of the expanding power grid and maintain its production levels.

    With these economic changes come job growth and new employment opportunities.

    With this job growth and with these new employment opportunities comes ProVet USA.

    Our country’s veterans are a crucial part of our workforce. Our veterans provide an unmatched skill set in all of our economic sectors.

    Despite the advantages that veterans bring, though, they are faced with severe rates of underemployment and great barriers to entry into the workforce. ProVet USA aims to correct this by educating the civilian sector and by offering personalized leadership training to transitioning veterans so that they may succeed in that civilian sector once fully separated from the military.

    In terms of clean energy, ProVet USA is proud to already be partnered with organizations like Perfection Group that support energy efficiency. As we expand our sponsorships and partnerships, we are excited to integrate more clean energy initiatives into our network. Moreover, we are ecstatic to expand the horizon for our veterans and increase their employment in the clean energy sector.

    Isabella Filary

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