A Case Study of the Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States: Exploring Key Challenges

Vegard Dahl

Student thesis: Master thesis


A growing amount of lease properties sold to business developers from the federal government, combined with clean energy legislation at state level, have sparked the offshore wind energy industry in the United States. This thesis identifies and explores how key challenges with the industry are mitigated, by applying a single-case study with embedded sub-units. By state, the case study is primarily focused at New York. Sub-units of specific relevance to the identified issues include regulators, stakeholders, business developers and industry organizations. The case study finds issues of regulatory, social and technological character to be critical. The intertwinement of these issues requires a collaborative approach from the mentioned sub-units. For example, findings point to; the importance of collaboration between federal government and states for smooth regulation; the necessity of state initiatives to account for stakeholder claims; and important linkages between states, industry organizations and businesses to bring out technology needs. As several offshore wind farms are to be constructed in the 2020s, actions are much needed for the industry to thrive.

EducationsMSc in International Business, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages105