BALTIMORE, MD ‐ The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announces the launch of a new Maryland offshore wind website (www.offshorewindmaryland.org), developed in partnership with the Business Network for Offshore Wind (the Network). The website will act as a centralized source of information and resources for individuals and businesses looking to learn more about offshore wind in Maryland, the economic opportunities, and how to get involved in the domestic supply chain.
“The need for this new Maryland offshore wind website can be directly attributed to the success of the offshore wind industry in Maryland,” said Dr. Mary Beth Tung, Director of MEA. “MEA is committed to supporting initiatives that will help establish a ready and capable supply chain in Maryland and MEA is pleased to work with the Network again on this effort.”
“Maryland is emerging as a manufacturing and logistics hub of the offshore wind industry that will create thousands of good-paying jobs and grow the state’s economy,” said Liz Burdock, CEO and Founder of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “We’re proud to partner with the Maryland Energy Administration to help Maryland businesses learn about and prepare themselves for the opportunity this new industry brings.”
The Maryland offshore wind website is the latest educational resource to come from the partnership between MEA and the Network. Last year, the Network announced the first Maryland specific Foundation 2 Blade (F2B) training course sponsored by MEA. F2B is an extensive training program created to help companies identify where they fit into the growing offshore wind supply chain and create more opportunities to capitalize on prospective leads. F2B’s training course features six modules that demystify the supply chain, spur innovation, and present a market entry path for a company. F2B industry training programs will be held in person over three days. MEA will sponsor a total of ten F2B training programs while three have already been delivered to date.
The Network is holding the 2023 International Partnering Forum (IPF) at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 28 – 30, 2023. The 2023 IPF marks the tenth anniversary of the event which has become the largest offshore wind conference in the United States. MEA is a host sponsor of the event on behalf of the State of Maryland and expects to welcome more than 5,000 people to Baltimore next year.
The Business Network for Offshore WindThe Business Network for Offshore Wind is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a robust offshore wind supply chain in the U.S. It advances the industry forward through education, facilitating partnerships, and events, including the International Offshore Wind Partnership Forum, the largest offshore wind conference in America. Learn more at offshorewindus.org.