Washington State has an extensive maritime history, advanced infrastructure assets including deep-water ports, a strong workforce, a culture of innovation, and experience with large-scale electricity generation. Given these advantages, why aren’t we hearing more about offshore wind in Washington? Guests Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins, Jennifer States from Washington Maritime Blue, and Brian Young from the Washington State Department of Commerce join host Brandon Burke to consider that question, including how these advantages can be leveraged to drive the U.S. offshore wind market forward. They also examine Washington State’s historic heavily reliance on hydroelectric power, the state’s shifting generation mix, and the need for early and frequent engagement with tribal and other stakeholders in Washington. Finally, they touch on the success of the collaborative approach that the Northwest Seaport Alliance has fostered between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and how that could be translated to a broader regional approach to offshore wind.
Editing by Jeff Gasser. Music by Brandon Burke, with contributions from Nathan Ezzo, Steven Reilly, and Miles Taylor. Production assistance by Alec Gomez.
Content, audio engineering, and sound design by Brandon Burke.