Maryland wins $22.9 million grant for offshore wind training

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $22.9 million federal grant to the Maryland Department of Labor (Labour) to develop a new apprenticeship model under the Maryland Works for Wind program to support the wind industry growing offshore in the region.

The Maryland Works for Wind program will partner with leading employers such as Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Crystal Steel Fabricators, US Wind, And Ørsted Offshore North America and seven local unions to create a training model that meets the needs of employers and workers. local communities.

The program will focus on engaging thousands of incarcerated veterans, veterans, disconnected youth and other underserved populations, according to the office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

“This funding will ensure employers and job seekers in Maryland are prepared to meet the demands of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, which is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the State of Maryland and generate near-reaching economic impact. $3 billion over the next 20 years. years in the Baltimore and central Maryland area alone,” said Governor Hogan.

The investment is part of a larger $500 million government program known as the Good Jobs Challenge, which has awarded grants to 32 workforce training programs across the United States.

Ørsted to invest nearly $735 million in Maryland

Ørsted, who is developing the Skipjack Offshore Wind Farm in Maryland, welcomed the announcement, saying he plans to invest nearly $735 million in the state and create thousands of local jobs during development and operation of Skipjack Wind.

“Ørsted is proud to be making significant commitments to expand supply chain, manufacturing and operating capabilities across Maryland as we expand Skipjack Wind. The Maryland Works for Wind initiative enables the state to build a pool of skilled talent to support the development of Skipjack Wind and other projects in the United States and around the world. » said david hardyCEO of Ørsted Offshore North America.

A few months ago, the Denmark-based company signed a draft labor agreement with the North American Building Trades Union to build the Ørsted offshore wind farms in the United States with a workforce. American trade union work.

Ørsted also partnered with Tradepoint Atlantic to build Maryland’s first offshore wind farm in Baltimore County.

Besides Ørsted, Maryland waters are also home to projects being developed by US Wind, which received Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) in 2017, for the first phase of its offshore development project. ‘State.

The first phase of US Wind’s project, called MarWin, will have an installed capacity of 270 MW and is expected to be commissioned in 2024.

US Wind also owns the rights to the approximately 80,000 hectare lease area in the Maryland Wind Energy Zone.

The company is proposing to install up to 121 turbines and up to four offshore substation platforms to build a project that would have a generating capacity of between 1.1GW and 2GW, according to the construction and operation plan (COP) of the project.

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