Change is in the Wind - National Grid Ventures and RWE are Working Together to Combine Skillsets and Usher in a Just Energy Transition
May 8, 2023 –Gwynt y Mor, UK
Community Offshore Wind sent team members from National Grid’s Long Island generation business to RWE’s Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. National Grid Ventures employs 530 people across its steam turbine generating plants on Long Island, many of whom have been working in the industry for decades. The trip to Gwynt y Mor offered the first look into how we can transfer their skills to offshore wind.
We sat down with representatives of the group to hear the biggest takeaways from the trip and how the work they do now can be useful in offshore wind:
Chief Operating Officer for National Grid Ventures, Northeast US (formerly vice president of National Grid’s Long Island generation business)
Hicksville office, Long Island
RWE Renewables General Manager. Kerry is responsible for the operations and maintenance activities at Gwynt y Mor Offshore Windfarm
Gwynt y Mor is a 576MW windfarm located approx. eight miles off the coast of North Wales
NGV colleagues join RWE’s Gwynt y Mor Marine Coordinator Alisdair Smith (right) making their way to the pontoon to board a Crew Transfer Vessel for the wind farm.
Community Offshore Wind
Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE and National Grid, will bring clean energy from offshore wind to the Northeast. We will develop offshore wind on the largest parcel in the New York Bight with the potential to host 3 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, which is enough to power over one million US homes and businesses. The project is expected to be in operation by the end of 2030. Community Offshore Wind is dedicated to investing in communities by bringing clean energy jobs to the region and growing the local economy. We will deliver sustainable energy safely, reliably and efficiently to the communities we serve. For more information, please visit communityoffshorewind.com.
RWE is leading the way to a green energy world. With an extensive investment and growth strategy, the company will expand its powerful, green generation capacity to 50 gigawatts internationally by 2030. RWE is investing more than €50 billion gross for this purpose in this decade. The portfolio is based on offshore and onshore wind, solar, hydrogen, batteries, biomass and gas. RWE Supply & Trading provides tailored energy solutions for large customers. RWE has locations in the attractive markets of Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The company is responsibly phasing out nuclear energy and coal. Government-mandated phaseout roadmaps have been defined for both of these energy sources. RWE employs around 19,000 people worldwide and has a clear target: to get to net zero by 2040. On its way there, the company has set itself ambitious targets for all activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions. The Science Based Targets initiative has confirmed that these emission reduction targets are in line with the Paris Agreement. Very much in the spirit of the company’s purpose: Our energy for a sustainable life.
About National Grid Ventures
National Grid Ventures (NGV) is the non-regulated division of National Grid plc, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. NGV operates outside of National Grid’s core regulated businesses in the US and UK where it develops, operates and invests in energy projects, technologies and partnerships to accelerate the development of a clean energy future.
NGV’s diverse portfolio of low carbon and renewable energy businesses across the UK, Europe and US includes subsea electricity interconnectors, wind and solar power, and battery storage. For more information, visit www.nationalgrid.com/ventures.
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