The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it has significantly increased its investment in offshore wind energy. Projects will soon begin off the coasts of Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.
The new funds are part of the U.S. government's efforts to create a broad strategy to provide secure, domestic energy sources and increase the country's competitiveness among its global counterparts. The new projects also mark a big leap for the DOE as it works to create an offshore wind industry that will be commercially operable by 2017.
"The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources, and it is important for us to develop technologies that will allow us to utilize those resources in ways that are economically viable," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "Today’s announcement of awards to the first offshore wind projects in the U.S. paves the way to a cleaner, more sustainable, and more diverse domestic energy portfolio that develops every source of American energy."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed several standards for wind energy construction projects to protect workers from falls, electrical dangers, and other hazards. Supply workers with fall protection, work gloves, hard hats, and other safety products to ensure a safe workplace.