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Community Offshore Wind signs five-year partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 15/09/2023 Community Offshore Wind
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Community Offshore Wind
, a joint venture between National Grid Ventures and RWE has entered into a five-year partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promote the exchange of data and expertise that could transform environmental monitoring for offshore wind projects.

Community Offshore Wind's collaboration with NOAA sets a new industry standard to increase transparency and share expertise between researchers and developers.

For the first time, an offshore wind developer and NOAA will collaborate on how to study environmental impacts on the marine ecosystem to inform the responsible development of offshore wind projects.

The partnership reflects Community Offshore Wind’s dedication to environmental stewardship and the protection of marine life.The long-term partnership is focused on continued collaboration over the lifetime of Community Offshore Wind’s project.

This agreement will complement NOAA’s ongoing environmental monitoring research with additional data, as offshore wind development activity continues across the region.

The central location and size of Community Offshore Wind’s lease area in the New York Bight region offshore will allow the findings to be applied more regionally and the CRADA will help facilitate regional approaches to scientific monitoring.

The offshore wind industry has a vital role not only in the clean energy transition, but in supporting the future of marine conservation and regional science.

Community Offshore Wind and NOAA plan to organise workshops and other engagement opportunities to involve regional stakeholders and scientific collaborators in the research process.

Since acquiring its lease area in 2022, Community Offshore Wind has engaged thoroughly with regional fisheries to identify concerns and develop opportunities to achieve successful outcomes.

This agreement is the latest proactive step taken by
Community Offshore Wind to support regional fisheries and environmental science.

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