Wind Energy – CRADA
Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE and National Grid Ventures, today announced a groundbreaking Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promote the exchange of data and expertise that will transform environmental monitoring for offshore wind projects.
The 5-year formal partnership sets a new industry standard, allowing federal experts to have early input in planning environmental monitoring of offshore wind development for the first time and increase transparency between researchers and developers.
The collaboration will transform environmental monitoring for offshore wind projects and create more responsible development of offshore wind to support the conservation of marine life and ecosystems and fishing communities.
The CRADA creates a framework for developers and federal experts to work together from the start to accurately assess and monitor potential impacts of offshore wind development on marine ecosystems, seeking, to address two core areas:
The long-term partnership is focused on continued collaboration over the lifetime of Community Offshore Wind’s project. This agreement will complement NOAA’s ongoing environmental monitoring research with additional data, as offshore wind development activity continues across the region.