Within its first weeks, the Biden-Harris Administration set a goal to double offshore wind deployment by 2030. In March 2021, the Labor Energy Partnership—a collaboration of the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)—hosted a private roundtable discussion to inform the development of the offshore wind industry as policymakers considered infrastructure funding, economic recovery, and the development of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution as part of the Paris Agreement.
The roundtable was cohosted by Ernest Moniz (CEO of EFI and the 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy) and Elizabeth Shuler (Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO). Participants included eight officials from federal and state government, five labor leaders, five leaders of wind energy companies, and five leaders from industry trade groups, non-profit organizations, and academia. Kevin Knobloch (an EFI Distinguished Associate) moderated the roundtable.
The workshop summary report was publicly released at the LEP’s 2021 Earth Day event, “Accelerating the Energy Transition: Infrastructure, Jobs and Equity.” The event underscored the importance of coalition building and the need to recognize all affected sectors on the pathway to decarbonization. High-profile leaders across all industries spoke at the event, including U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. More than 600 people tuned in for the virtual event.
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