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Thomas Brostrøm

General Manager of North America, Orsted

Orsted is the global leader in offshore wind power having delivered one-third of all global offshore wind capacity installed, encompassing some of the largest and most technologically advanced offshore wind farms in the world.  DONG Energy made its first offshore wind investment nearly 25 years ago and now has over 3,000 MW of operational offshore wind projects.  We are exciting about our proposed projects in both Massachusetts and New Jersey and see offshore wind as the perfect solution to the energy challenges in the Northeast.

 

We look forward to building an offshore wind industry here in the U.S., which will bring reliable, clean energy to thousands of households and businesses. We recognize that by working together with ocean users who have been using these waters for generations, we can make commercial scale offshore wind power a reality for the United States, whilst protecting the health of our ocean ecosystem. We find promise that the new marine spatial plans for the waters of New England and the Mid-Atlantic where we hold leases will provide greater insight in to exactly what is going on in these busy waters so that we can advance offshore wind in this new market and use resources in a truly sustainable way.’


 

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Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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