The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), a policy and industry advocate for offshore wind in the US, has appointed Nancy Sopko as co-director effective 1 March 2019.
Ms Sopko will work to expand SIOW’s outreach with key stakeholders and constituencies in America’s burgeoning offshore wind industry, which now has firm commitments to develop more than 15 GW of power on the Atlantic Seaboard.
Ms Sopko joins SIOW from the American Wind Energy Association, where she was director of offshore wind policy. Prior to that she served as policy advocate at Oceana Inc and legislative counsel for US Representative John Adler (D-NJ-3).
“These are exciting times for US offshore wind and a great addition to our team,” said Stephanie McClellan, director of SIOW, which is affiliated to the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment.
“With states from Massachusetts to Maryland committed to at least 15 GW of offshore wind power, SIOW is ramping up its ability to address new challenges and opportunities facing the industry. We are delighted to have Nancy come aboard as co-director of SIOW, bringing her decade of policy experience and track record as the sector's top advocate in Washington.”
“Stephanie has done an exceptional job at SIOW laying out a road map for US offshore wind and strengthening relationships with other sectors, such as oil and gas, that will benefit from expanded business opportunities, jobs and synergies in the US supply chain,” said Ms Sopko.
To quantify the economics of what the increased momentum in the US offshore wind market means, SIOW is preparing a white paper with analysis of the projected US$65Bn supply chain capital expenditure required to meet state commitments for more than 15 GW.
The Department of Energy (DOE) said the project pipeline for US offshore wind now totals more than 25 GW of potential installed capacity off the east and west coasts, Great Lakes and Hawaii. By 2050, the DOE projects 86 GW of offshore wind will support 160,000 full-time US jobs.