Currently ‘not enough workers’ in the labor force to meet offshore wind’s 2030 goals: NREL

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Deploying 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 will require a significant boost in new skilled workers because too few are available to meet demand, Jeremy Stefek, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said during a webinar on Thursday. 

An increase in training and apprenticeship programs can help meet that need, and NREL believes that as new skilled workers are being trained, workers in adjacent industries like maritime oil should be recruited.

Safety certifications for offshore wind projects also need to be standardized, Stefek said.

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