Strong winds are blowing a refreshing blast of clean energy into America. The Biden Administration’s energy plan released this week promises a major expansion and unprecedented U.S. investment in offshore wind energy.
According to Energy Department estimates, this effort will support approximately 77,000 jobs in industry and surrounding communities, generate electricity to power 10 million American homes, and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Protecting the environment and addressing stakeholder concerns when planning for these developments is critical. Integral’s tools and techniques help predict site conditions and potential impacts with a level of accuracy previously unavailable.
We incorporate innovative approaches and research on new measurement and modeling techniques. We use rapid, cost-effective techniques such as sediment profile and plan view imaging, (SPI–PV) to characterize offshore seafloor habitats—we’ve collected more than 1,200 images to support U.S. East Coast wind farm projects. We lead other project-critical assessments, including electromagnetic field risk assessment, tracking and modeling of commercially and recreationally important fishes and shellfish, and acoustics evaluations. We are currently adding particle motion tracking as another tool to assess potential project-related impacts to sensitive species.
Integral scientists are known leaders in the field of impact and risk assessment for offshore wind projects. We’ve supported offshore wind developers since early planning and inception in Europe and now in the U.S., contributing regularly to the state of the science. Our scientists host panels and conferences supporting wind energy development. We have technical and support staff located in North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and throughout New England to provide local content and boots-on-the-ground knowledge.
Environmental services to help develop wind energy:
Environmental Assessment. Our environmental assessments span ecosystem management, environmental impact assessment, natural resource damage assessment, noise assessment, ocean acoustics, and resource assessment.
Site Characterization. We provide geohazard assessment, geophysical studies, marine and renewable energy studies, metocean data and surveys, numerical modeling, oceanographic and coastal studies.
Offshore Support. We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. We perform fieldwork and laboratory support and collect offshore data. In addition, we support permitting and compliance, manage geophysical data, perform data integration/management, and develop state-of-the-science tools.