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The Floating Offshore Wind Shot is an initiative to help usher in a clean energy future by driving U.S. leadership in floating offshore wind design, development, and manufacturing. It is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Earthshots Initiative to tackle key remaining technical challenges to reaching U.S. climate goals while creating jobs and economic opportunities for U.S. communities.

Floating offshore wind is key to transitioning dense population centers to clean energy, and would also mean thousands of jobs in wind manufacturing, installation, and operations.

The Floating Offshore Wind Energy Shot seeks to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind energy by at least 70%, to $45 per megawatt-hour by 2035 for deep sites far from shore.

>70% reduction by 2035.

About two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind energy potential exists over waters too deep for today’s fixed-bottom wind turbine foundations secured directly to the sea floor, and instead require floating platforms. These structures will be among the largest humankind has ever constructed. Achieving the Floating Offshore Wind Shot goals will require an all-out effort to develop a robust domestic supply chain, reduce technology costs, and plan and build out needed transmission.

Goals of the Floating Offshore Wind Energy Earthshot

Illustration of an offshore wind site.
Develop cost-effective technologies for deeper waters.
Deploy large amounts of reliable, clean power.
Create jobs in operations, construction, manufacturing and more.
Expand supply chains including tailoring port infrastructure to support development.
Help revitalize port and manufacturing communities.
Bring power onshore to areas of high demand.
Ensure environmental sustainability and ocean co-use.

 

Learn more about DOE’s plan to advance floating offshore wind energy:

 

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DOE and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hosted a webinar on their ambitious initiatives to position the U.S. to lead the world on floating offshore wind design, development, manufacturing, and deployment. Download the slides from this webinar.

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White House Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Expand U.S. Offshore Wind Energy
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Floating Offshore Wind Shot Fact Sheet
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DOE Launches Prize to Accelerate Domestic Supply Chains for Floating Offshore Wind Energy
The FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize, a $5.75-million competition, is designed to help develop a domestic supply chain and accelerate market readiness of floating offshore wind energy designs in the United States.
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New Wind Resource Assessment Finds 2.8 Terawatts of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Potential
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West Coast Offshore Wind Transmission Literature Review and Gaps Analysis
PNNL will conduct a literature review of West Coast offshore wind transmission research to date.
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DOE Launches West Coast Ports Strategy Study
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National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Announces New Projects Selected for Funding
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