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Date: 28 October 2019

The 2019 update of the Offshore Wind Handbook, produced by K&L Gates LLP and Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been designed to help guide investors through technical and regulatory issues in a fast-paced developing U.S. offshore wind market.

The U.S. offshore wind market has quickly evolved over the last year, with extensive updates in policy and regulatory environment, and several states entering or strengthening their commitment to the industry. The handbook also includes updates to reflect global developments including: the award of in-year U.S. lease rounds; the recent Contract for Difference Auctions in the UK where the support of offshore projects is as low as £39.65 per megawatt hour; and technological advancements such as the first 12MW turbines.

Regulatory issues include a discussion of the interplay between U.S. federal jurisdiction and the various coastal states that have enacted laws and regulations encouraging offshore wind projects. Technical issues include turbine and foundation options and solutions, performance assurance strategies and a discussion of innovations in design and equipment that are particularly suited to U.S. coastal waters.

The K&L Gates renewable energy practice combines European project experience with U.S. regulatory and project development expertise. Atkins is a leading provider of full range technical and operational expertise in the energy industry, including engineering design and owner’s engineer services in the global offshore wind market. Together, K&L Gates and Atkins demonstrate market leadership on key issues and can help investors build a leading position in the U.S. offshore wind market. 

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This publication/newsletter is for informational purposes and does not contain or convey legal advice. The information herein should not be used or relied upon in regard to any particular facts or circumstances without first consulting a lawyer. Any views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the law firm's clients.

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