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2023 Offshore Wind Leadership

Correll Group
Correll Services Group

Correll Services, Inc. is a High Voltage Electrical Engineering company established in 2021, forming part of the wider Correll group of companies. Headquartered in Virginia Beach with an operational base in Providence, RI, they offer offshore services including cable pull-in, termination & testing, commissioning, and high voltage safety. They have completed offshore work on the Coastal Virginia Demonstrator, the Block Island Demonstrator, and the Southfork Offshore Windfarm, with work packages secured on four additional wind farm construction projects. Their project “Developing Experts,” demonstrates how they grew their company from scratch, learned from their experience, and shared knowledge to make a positive impact on the offshore wind industry.

Joint State Innovation Partnership for Offshore Wind

The six New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT) are collaborating on joint development of offshore wind transmission that will enable the industry to scale, maximize the benefits of offshore wind to the grid, and minimize costs and environmental impacts. The Joint State Innovation Partnership for Offshore Wind (the “Joint Partnership”) consists of phased development of modular high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems able to connect multiple wind farms to strategic points of interconnection (POIs) on the terrestrial grid. As technology advances, the modular HVDC systems will be incorporated into a multi-terminal ocean grid that will strengthen resiliency and enable power from offshore wind – and other resources – to be delivered when and where it is needed. A New England ocean grid could then be integrated with offshore wind transmission systems along the Atlantic Coast and in Canada to form a transmission ‘backbone,’ which the Department of Energy has determined would provide multiple economic and environmental benefits.

Executive Office and Environmental Affairs
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for Massachusetts residents. The Office of Federal and Regional Energy Affairs (FREA) was created within EEA to advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy transition through collaboration with state, regional, and federal partners.  FREA has made major efforts in bringing northeast and mid-Atlantic states together to establish the Interregional Transmission Planning Collaborative. Supported by the Department of Energy, the Collaborative is a critical step toward unlocking and sharing in the benefits that come with increased transfer capacity between regions, including an offshore wind grid.

New Bedford Port Authority

The New Bedford Port Authority (‘NBPA”), created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1957, is an autonomous body charged with managing the Port of New Bedford (“Port”). The NBPA’s primary charge is to support the Port through the implementation of best management practices over port resources and stakeholders. This includes the development of economic growth strategies for the #1 fishing port in the U.S. and the first in the nation commercial offshore wind staging port.  

The Port of New Bedford is the staging area for the first-in-the-nation utility scale offshore wind project (Vineyard Wind I). Through the combination of public and private investment, it is quickly becoming the premier location for marshalling, assembly, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind facilities. The Port of New Bedford is also the top fishing port in the U.S. and has continued to champion both offshore wind and commercial fishing and is working toward a future in which both industries thrive and help the regional economy flourish.  

New Jersey Windworks
New Jersey Wind Works

New Jersey Wind Works (NJWW) is a growing coalition of environmental, faith-based, labor, and community-based organizations who work together to advocate for responsibly developed offshore wind in New Jersey. The primary focus of the coalition is to conduct public education and engagement to all stakeholders including public officials, community based and statewide interest groups, and grassroots constituents for the purpose of building support statewide to transition to clean and renewable energy.  

Throughout the latter half of 2022 and into the spring of 2023, NJWW pivoted its messaging, tactics, and strategies to respond to the mounting concerns over marine mammal deaths along the Jersey Shore. NJWW also submitted a joint comment to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in July 2023 regarding the Atlantic Shores Wind Projects I and II, urging partial decommissioning to be the default for all upcoming offshore wind projects.