The Long Island Association was playing host yesterday to a trade delegation of 19 leading Danish offshore wind companies, visiting the United States this month to explore the potential of investing in the growing American offshore wind market.
The day-long visit to Long Island – organized by the Trade Council at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago – included stops at the Enterprise Park in Riverhead, Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, the Composites Prototyping Center and the Long Island Association.
The Danish delegation included leading companies specializing in offshore wind components, foundations, installation, logistics and transport, among other associated fields.
Organizers hope the visit will encourage an exchange of ideas and the foundation for partnerships and local investments in the near future.
“Long Island is poised to be a leader in the U.S. offshore wind industry. The Danish delegation’s visit is evidence that our energy challenges are great economic development opportunities,” said LIA President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Law. “Launching an offshore wind industry here could mean new jobs for hundreds of local workers, not to mention local hiring and other investments by overseas companies.”
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has demonstrated a dedication to expanding and diversifying its clean energy economy. Our tax free business programs like START-UP NY make it easier than ever for tech and energy businesses to locate in New York at great locations like Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Center,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
“Bringing jobs and clean, affordable energy to Long Island is truly a win-win,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “I am excited that the global leaders in wind technology have come to Long Island to discuss how we can partner to ensure Long Island remains a regional leader in clean energy technology.”
“Energy costs are too high on Long Island and affordable alternatives are needed for our economy and environment,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “I look forward to understanding what the offshore wind industry can do to reduce electric rates, create local jobs and protect our environment.”
The Danish delegation includes representatives from the following companies: A2SEA, Aluwind, Bladt Industries, Blue Water Shipping, C-Bed, Cowi Consult, Deugro, DHI, Dong Energy, EKF, Energinet.dk, ICM Safety, LM Wind Power, LORC, Mammoet Wind, Niras, Offshoreenergy.dk, Semco Maritime and Siemens Wind Power.