Floating wind power could steam forward to account for as much as 25% of the total offshore plant capacity installed off US shores by 2035 fueled by a massive build-out in Pacific waters as barriers to development of the regional sector are removed by the new Biden administration, according to a scenario scoping report by Aegir Insights.

Research by the analyst group points to the long-simmering potential for floating arrays off California and the wider west coast as being set to “take off this decade”, with Hawaii shaping up to follow, and the east coast and Great Lakes plays “maturing later” leveraged by explosive interim growth in conventional bottom-fixed offshore wind off New York.