The Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition focuses on the following primary areas:
- Research and Analysis
- Enabling Markets
- Education and Outreach
The Coalition takes an objective, data-driven, and business-focused approach to understanding and communicating the economic case for coastal and offshore wind in the Southeast.
Utility Advisory Group
Electric utilities will play a critical role in both the adoption of land-based wind energy and the development of an offshore wind industry in the Southeast. Our regulated and vertically integrated utility model presents unique challenges and opportunities that will require a different approach in this region compared to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. There are plenty of groups that consistently apply public and political pressure to utility companies in order to accelerate their deployment of renewable energy. That is not the role the Coalition will play. Instead, we intend to work closely with utilities to identify options that are attractive to all parties. To accomplish this, the Coalition will create a Utility Advisory Group (UAG) with representation from major utilities in the region. The UAG may provide input into the Coalition’s activities and will discuss options for advancing the coastal and offshore wind industry that focus on delivering net benefits to utility shareholders, citizens/ratepayers, and the wind industry. More >
Economic Development Advisory Group
Economic development benefits are a key policy driver for coastal and offshore wind energy.
With some 8,000 parts in a typical turbine, the opportunities for jobs and investment in manufacturing and supply chain are extensive. Southeastern states are familiar with these opportunities and the region has already attracted between 5,000 and 10,000 jobs in the wind industry despite having virtually no development activity in the region. A defining purpose of this Coalition is to take a regional approach to advancing the wind industry rather than focusing exclusively on one state, and state economic developers will be key participants in that approach. A challenge, however, is that state Commerce departments are “wired” to compete against their neighboring states to attract companies and cross border collaboration is more of the exception than the rule. The Coalition intends to convene an Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) comprised of representatives from state commerce departments and other economic development groups in order to explore areas of potential collaboration for attracting the wind industry supply chain. The goal is not to stifle interstate competition, which is healthy for driving down costs. But by collaborating where possible, the Southeastern states have a more compelling story to tell and are better positioned to attract the industry, thus competing over a bigger “pie” and benefiting all states in the region. More >
Supply Chain Initiatives
The first phase of this effort will be a Supply Chain Asset Mapping Project, which will involve a comprehensive review and summary of existing wind industry supply chain assets in the region. The report will include current suppliers in the wind industry as well as address the potential for additional companies in the region to begin supplying the wind industry. Both land-based and offshore focused companies will be included. In addition, the study will include a review of transportation infrastructure throughout the region, such as ports, rail, roads, and air transport. This study will aggregate work already completed at the individual state level and by groups like the Global Wind Network (GLWN) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).