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Congressman Suozzi Hosts Long Island Offshore Wind Supply Chain Conference

Written by Chris Boyle  |  24. September 2021

As a committed environmentalist and pro-labor and business advocate, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) organized a conference with industry leaders from prominent wind energy companies, labor and environmental groups, and local manufacturers to create a “win, win, win” forum for Long Island’s wind supply future.
 
At the conference, which was held recently at LIU’s Tilles Center, keynote speaker, Liz Shuler, President of the AFL-CIO, and panelists discussed Long Island offshore wind projects, the state of the local supply chain, and what local manufacturers can do to prepare to enter the supply chain. Working together, all groups in attendance committed to finding paths forward to ensure Long Island emerges as the premier source of wind energy in the country.
 
As an environmental leader in Washington for offshore wind energy, Suozzi has routinely advocated for New York to lead our nation in the development of offshore wind. In 2020 and 2021, Suozzi sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior calling for the issuance of final Wind Energy Area (WEA) and subsequent lease auctions in the New York Bight. Fortunately, New York has already selected five offshore wind projects that will power over two million NYC and Long Island homes.
 
“Doing the hard work to bring business, labor and environmentalists together can make wind energy a ‘win, win, win’ for everyone! Long Island’s offshore wind resources are abundant and must be harnessed so that clean, affordable, and renewable power can be delivered to fight climate change, provide high-paying, high-skilled union jobs, and make money for New York businesses. We have convened top leaders from our business, labor, and environmental communities to help us grow our wind future. Let’s get it done!” said Suozzi.
 
Among the speakers and panelists at Friday’s conference were: Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO; Siri Espedal Kindem, President, Equinor Wind – US; Amanda Schoen, US Public Affairs Specialist, Vestas Wind Systems; Grant Van Wyangaarden, Head of Procurement, Ørsted; Ross Gould, Vice President for Supply Chain Development, Business Network for Offshore Wind; Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Stephen Nolet, Senior Director, TPI Composites; Peter Lion, Senior Advisor, Offshore Wind NYSERDA; and Tom Montalbine, President, Roman Stone Construction.

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