DOE awards funding for seven US offshore wind pilot projects

In an initial development phase, the US Energy Department (DOE) will invest up to $4m each in seven pilot projects that aim to speed deployment of stronger, more efficient and innovative offshore wind power technologies that lower costs and drive greater performance.

The project groups will use the money to complete the engineering, design and permitting phase, which is expected to last two years.

DOE will then select up to three of these projects for follow-on phases that focus on siting, construction and installation, and aim to achieve commercial operation by 2017. These projects will receive up to $47 million each over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.

The seven projects and their lead developers are:

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