Louisiana Businesses Positioned to Capitalize on Offshore Wind

New report recommends tapping state’s existing energy expertise to boost jobs and economic development

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Louisiana Businesses Positioned to Capitalize on Offshore Wind
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Gulf Wind Technology employees operate a wind tunnel used to test turbine rotor blades at the Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana.
The Pew Charitable Trusts

A new report shows that Louisiana businesses and workers stand to benefit from the expansion of offshore wind nationally and in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana Offshore Wind Supply Chain Assessment, released April 25, 2024, by the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Greater New Orleans Inc., Center for Planning Excellence, and The Pew Charitable Trusts with research partner global energy consultancy Xodus Group, makes it clear: Louisiana can be a leader in supplying the goods and services needed to build out offshore wind in the U.S. The report also makes specific recommendations aimed at securing the state’s position in this rapidly expanding industry and maximizing the economic gains for its businesses and workforce.

Louisiana businesses have been instrumental in helping to build this emerging energy sector since the first U.S. offshore wind farm was constructed near Rhode Island, and this new study shows that the state has much more to offer—and to gain.

The Pew Charitable Trusts provided funding for this project, but Pew is not responsible for errors in this paper and does not necessarily endorse its findings or conclusions.

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