WGNO: Two Louisiana companies are paving the way for renewable energy

September 18, 2015

 

 

Two local companies born of oil and gas are paving the way for cleaner renewable energy.

 

They're working to build the nations first off-shore wind farm, off the Rhode Island coast, which could mean more jobs for Louisianans in the future.

 

"The substructures for offshore wind farms are similar in many ways to substructures for oil and gas and as this business develops in the US, Louisiana has a great potential to be the supplier for all services like design, maintenance, construction," says civil engineer Martina Frignani with Keystone Engineering.

 

Deep water wind power is a renewable energy resource. The turbines harness ocean winds, transform them into clean electricity and transmit that power through a cable buried deep under the ocean floor.

 

 

Once complete, the Rhode Island project will generate 30 megawatts of electricity - enough energy to send power to thousands of homes.

 

Offshore wind developers say if their companies benefit from the growing industry so will others along the way, like ports and manufacturing, creating new, high paying jobs for years to come.

 

"As the energy mix shifts, we want to be on top of that and we want to keep jobs here and we want to keep that expertise local and hopefully build a different economy and diversify," says safety director Josh Thibodeaux with Keystone Engineering.

 

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