about us

We’re dedicated to managing industry-focused research and development of offshore wind to maximize economic benefits of the U.S.

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (Consortium) is a nationally focused, independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and led by key offshore wind industry stakeholders and research institutions. The Consortium is dedicated to managing industry-focused research and development of offshore wind to maximize economic benefits for the U.S.

In June 2018, DOE competitively selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as administrator of the consortium. NYSERDA has committed to matching DOE funds, resulting in a $41 million R&D consortium. In January 2019, six new members joined the Consortium, including state agencies of Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia.


The Consortium will support initiatives that address specific barriers to implementing offshore wind in the U.S. Key elements of the Consortium’s approach include:

  • Leadership by an independent board of directors made up of public and private sponsors including offshore wind developers, as well as representatives from U.S. national labs and utilities
  • Establishment of diverse advisory groups made up of research partners, investors, manufacturers, and other key industry stakeholders
  • Development of a prioritized, national research strategy for incorporating stakeholder input
  • Research project awards through competitive solicitations
  • Regular engagement with stakeholders and advisory groups


The United States Department of Energy (DOE) – the federal agency charged with ensuring the security and prosperity of the U.S. by addressing energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) – a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions with extensive experience commercializing new technologies and spurring private investment.

The Advanced Energy Research Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University – a partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations focused on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.

The Carbon Trust – a world leader in offshore wind R&D; founders and program managers of the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a self-sustaining European consortium to commercialize research investment.

Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) – a leading global renewable energy consultancy with decades of experience in the offshore wind industry in Europe, Asia, and America.

In addition to the U.S. DOE and NYSERDA, public sponsors of the Consortium include:

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) – enhances the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner to support a more productive economy.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) – a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of clean energy to deliver environmental benefits and secure long-term economic growth.

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) – a state energy agency that strives to promote affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders.


Carrie Cullen-Hitt

Executive Director

Juergen Pilot

Program manager

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