Global infrastructure classification firm DNV GL has opened a renewables certification office in the U.S. aimed toward the offshore wind industry.
The office will be located in Medford, Massachusetts. The New England coast is a primary area for several offshore wind projects either under development or being considered.
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that there is the potential for installing 22,000 MW of offshore wind power capacity in the U.S. by 2030. Much of the potential development of offshore wind lies in federal waters, which requires third party certification for the design, manufacturing and installation of the entire facility, so the demand for CVA services is rapidly growing as project development moves ahead.
“By establishing a presence for Renewables Certification in the U.S., DNV GL can be more responsive to the localized needs of the industry as it grows while drawing upon our thirty years of experience in offshore wind globally,” said Kim Mørk, Executive Vice president, Renewables Certification at DNV GL Energy. “As the world transitions to generating electricity primarily through renewable resources, offshore wind will become a crucial part of that mix, and the opportunities available in the northeast region of the U.S. are many and growing.”
The U.S. operations will be managed by David Maloney, who first served as Certified Verification Agent (CVA) on the Cape Wind Project in 2012.