The Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC) has been developed to provide credible information, targeted outreach, and direct engagement with stakeholders and decision makers about wind energy deployment in the Northeast. The NWRC spans both offshore and land-based wind energy development at the commercial and community scale through interstate cooperation, information sharing, education, stakeholder engagement, knowledge transfer, and community dialogue.
The NWRC serves the information needs of New England and New York for land-based wind, and that same region plus New Jersey in the case of offshore wind. The NWRC aims to be the regional epicenter for salient information on wind energy supporting policy makers at state, local, and regional levels. It also works to share the expertise and knowledge from experienced offshore wind European policy makers, financiers, and developers.
The NWRC website serves as a place where local, state and regional decision-makers, the media, and other stakeholders can convene and access information about land-based and offshore wind. Published research, studies, and analyses associated with the issues impacting public acceptance of wind deployment are available in the NWRC Resource Library, and will be updated continually as new resources become available.
The Center itself builds on a strong foundation of policies at the state level, extensive networks of stakeholders interested in wind energy, and important prior stakeholder engagement and educational activities, including the New England Wind Energy Education Project, the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project, and the New England Wind Forum. State policies driving demand for renewable energy generation require the development of appropriately sited wind, which faces challenges that include public acceptance and high costs, to name a few.
The NWRC is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through April 2017. It is managed by Clean Energy Group and Sustainable Energy Advantage. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative is a key liaison to the wind industry.