The development of offshore wind in the US today looks a lot like it did in Europe a few decades ago. Responding to the pressures and public attention around climate change, governments in both parts of the world implemented green friendly energy policies.
While recent offshore wind projects in Europe compete with other energy sources without the need for government subsidies, this wasn’t always the case. As the US is experiencing now, the first offshore wind projects in Europe were mostly small demonstrations to showcase the industry’s potential.
The first offshore wind project in the US--the Block Island Wind Farm operated by Ørsted--helped demonstrate the stateside offshore wind projects could be successful. The second offshore wind project--and first in federal waters---rises above the ocean 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. That project is the Coastal Virgina Offshore Wind pilot project, or CVOW.
StormGeo was brought into the CVOW project early in the development process. Ørsted had already collaborated with StormGeo on several projects in Europe, and was pleased with the service’s forecast accuracy, user friendliness, and back-office support.
In all phases of developing an offshore wind farm--planning, construction, commissioning--it is essential to know the weather conditions on site. The project involves many different suppliers and stakeholders who need easy access to accurate and reliable weather forecasts. Ørsted was convinced that the integration of live data into weather forecasts went a long way to improve short-term accuracy, and StormGeo had proven in Europe that it could deliver.