Geography and Logistics
- The state’s location on the Gulf of Mexico makes it a natural fit for offshore wind, offering shallow waters with moderate average wave heights.
- The federal government selected the first two areas for offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico in 2022, clearing the way for offshore wind turbines south of Lake Charles.
- Louisiana has a well-established industrial infrastructure and provides dock space needed to handle incoming goods.
- The state also has the existing facilities needed to convert steel and composites into finished products, such as blades and foundations, and the prowess for offshore installation.
- Offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico could eventually generate 10% of all U.S. wind energy.
Research, Development and Innovation
LM Wind Power
Gulf Wind Technology
Gulf Island Shipyard and Montco Inc.
Edison Chouest Offshore
Workforce and Higher Education
Located at the University of New Orleans Research and Development Park, the Louisiana Wind Energy Hub offers certification and scholarship programs awarding engineering students who take offshore wind energy-related coursework. Participating students get hands-on training through internships with offshore wind engineering firms and developers. The center also specializes in regulatory guidance, grant development and fundraising support.