Report title: 2018 Massachusetts Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment

Authors: David R. Borges, Michael Goodman, Elise Korejwa, and Michael P. McCarthy, in partnership with Bristol Community College and The Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Report date: May, 2018

Sponsor: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Issue areas: economic impact, workforce development, economic development, offshore wind, renewable energy

Summary & key findings: This report presents the results of a comprehensive workforce and economic analysis that estimates the labor needs and economic impacts associated with the planning, construction, and maintenance of 1,600 MW of offshore wind (OSW) energy. Informed by the experience of the OSW industry’s emergence in Europe, dozens of in-depth interviews, and a detailed economic analysis, this report is designed to provide state and regional policymakers with actionable recommendations they can use to maximize the economic benefits of the emerging OSW industry. Among other things, this report finds that workforce development efforts should focus on the three priority occupations of water transportation workers, trade workers, and operations & maintenance technicians, all of which will be in high demand. In addition, there is a need for targeted investment in training facilities in order to provide the needed technical and health & safety training to work on a turbine offshore.

Please note: This report corrects errors that were introduced into the report during the sponsor’s design process.  Accordingly, it is slightly but meaningfully different from the version originally released by the Clean Energy Center (CEC).  This version should be considered the official version (the CEC has also posted an identical version on its website).

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