Vineyard Offshore is dedicated to building a new clean energy industry in the United States, rooted in the communities where we develop our offshore wind projects. Taking a “look local first” approach to supply chain that began with Vineyard Wind, we take every opportunity to provide opportunities for diverse and local businesses to join this new industry as suppliers and contractors. This applies to all phases of project development, construction, and operations with regard to procurement, vessel contracting, and hiring practices, as well as those of our major contractors, original equipment manufacturers, and suppliers.
To this end, we work with chambers of commerce and economic development agencies to make connections with local firms. We host “meet the buyer” events with our suppliers to raise awareness of business opportunities in our projects’ supply chains and seek out fishing and local vessels to hire for support on the water during various phases of development and construction.
We especially work to ensure that diverse businesses, including Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs), have access, upskilling, and contracting opportunities with our projects. We work through our partnership with the Business Network for Offshore Wind to provide their supply chain training programs to local diverse companies and business councils. We support capacity building efforts to give these diverse businesses the tools they need to grow and compete in the offshore wind industry. We also require our suppliers to pursue local hiring plans with attention to diversity.
Vineyard Offshore also considers partnership opportunities that involve investment in establishing or expanding the local supply chain for offshore wind.