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Supply Chain Initiatives
Despite the very small amount of utility scale wind installed in the region, there are at least 112 manufacturing facilities in the 11 southeastern states that provide components to the wind industry. As land-based projects are developed in the southeast, and especially offshore wind projects, we can expect to see the supply chain grow.
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This effort involves a comprehensive review and summary of existing wind industry supply chain assets in the region. The database includes current suppliers in the wind industry and companies in the region with the potential to begin supplying the wind industry. Both land-based and offshore focused companies are included. This effort aggregates work already completed at the individual state level and by groups like the Global Wind Network (GLWN) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
REGIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN "ECOSYSTEM" - No single state has all of the supply chain assets needed for the coastal and offshore wind industry, but by blurring state lines and considering strengths on a regional basis, the Southeast has a very compelling story to tell to attract supply chain companies. The Coalition will prepare a report that analyzes the results of the Asset Mapping study described above, highlights the relative strengths within the region, and proposes a roadmap for a comprehensive “supply chain ecosystem” in the Southeast. The report is intended to be as objective as possible, ignoring political boundaries wherever possible and giving equal consideration to each state in the region. The finished product will be used as a tool to communicate the region’s supply chain strengths to the industry, to inform policymakers in the region, and to help economic development groups coordinate and focus their recruitment efforts in a more effective and productive way. The report is not intended to stifle state-by-state competition for company recruitment. Instead, it is a way to identify and market the strengths of the region as a whole so that states may compete over a bigger slice of the economic pie.
REGIONAL ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS - The Coalition will commission an analysis that estimates the net economic impact of selected wind development and supply chain scenarios. This report will draw on previous work done at the state level as well as the Regional Supply Chain Ecosystem Study and will be used as a tool to educate policy makers, economic developers, and leaders throughout the region. It is critical that this report is seen as an objective analysis, so selecting unbiased and credible organization(s) to conduct the study will be extremely important.
Why Wind Energy Supply Chain & Manufacturing in the Southeast?
INFRASTRUCTURE & WORKFORCE – Between Hampton Roads (VA), Morehead City (NC), Wilmington (NC), Charleston (SC), Savannah (GA), and Jacksonville (FL), the Southeast is home to some of the greatest ports and logistics infrastructure in the U.S. The region is also home to a highly skilled manufacturing and maritime workforce and already employs thousands of people in the land-based wind industry, despite having little utility-scale wind energy.
PROVEN TRACK RECORD – The region is already proven as a low-cost location for wind energy manufacturing. According to figures from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Southeastern coastal states employ over 5,000 people in the wind industry despite having relatively little utility scale wind installed.