Ørsted honoured for ‘outstanding leadership’ in advancing US offshore wind industry

Source: press release, 22 November 2021

photo: Ørsted
photo: Ørsted

Ørsted, global frontrunner in offshore wind energy, received the 2021 Ventus Offshore Wind Leadership award from the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW).

“I know I speak for our entire company in saying we are honoured to receive this recognition from our peers and colleagues across the industry,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America. “We’re proud to be America’s leading offshore wind energy company. More than building wind farms that combat climate change, we know we have an expanded role to build a robust US supply chain and train a next-generation workforce that can power a growing domestic industry and compete on the international market.”

The Ventus Offshore Wind Leadership award recognises Ørsted for “outstanding leadership benefiting industry growth” in the US and for making a “substantial contribution to the betterment of the offshore wind industry”. BNOW presented the award to Ørsted at the network’s inaugural Ventus Awards Gala, held on November 18 in Washington, D.C.

“Congratulations to Ørsted for winning the 2021 Ventus Offshore Wind Leadership award,” said Liz Burdock, President and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “It is an innovative and dedicated leader in offshore wind development that has successfully competed to secure major construction contracts across in the US and globally. Behind that success is a skilful track record of strengthening coastal resilience, engaging key stakeholders, and including women- and minority-owned businesses as vital partners.”

With six US offshore wind farms in development, Ørsted has been driving the creation of a comprehensive US offshore wind industry. The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to help add offshore wind capabilities to US manufacturing firms and to attract experienced international companies to build facilities in the US. These investments range from steel fabrication for turbine components to cable construction to support transmission.

In 2020, Ørsted signed a national framework with North America’s Building Trades Unions, an agreement that has become the industry standard and demonstrates Ørsted’s commitment to utilise a labour workforce and help train US workers in a new industry. Helping to boost America’s maritime industry, Ørsted, with industry partners, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to revitalise port communities in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Maryland to support the industry and charter the first Jones Act-qualified offshore wind installation vessel in the US.

Ørsted’s supply chain extends beyond the Northeast where offshore wind power will initially be utilised. This network includes South Carolina, Texas and Nebraska, to name a few examples, and a BNOW report conclude that US offshore wind will create economic opportunity in 44 states.