Orsted Strikes Deal with Labor Union on US Offshore Wind Development
November 18, 2020
By Valerie Volcovici
Ørsted and NABTU said they will work to identify the skills necessary to accelerate the creation of an offshore workforce, and partner on training and certification to ready workers to build new projects. They did not provide details on numbers of workers that would be trained or the cost of the program.
Ørsted’s Rhode Island project was built with union labor and served as the “beta test” for what will be the national agreement, McGarvey said. He said offshore wind can provide good jobs at scale in a way that some onshore projects can’t.
“This will show how as we move and transform our energy production in North America, it can be done at middle-class wages and good benefits packages. Anything else is not acceptable,” he said.
Biden has set a goal to achieve net zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2035, but has faced resistance from conservatives who argue the transition will kill jobs.