New England – the home of EarthPM – has 473 miles of coastline. It has fabled ship-building, fishing, and whaling port cities which flourished based on the bounty of the sea. Many of these communities are struggling based on the decline of their industries.
Now, a recent article in The Boston Globe says that these communities may have a second chance at flourishing again, and this time it may be energy that brings the potential of an inexhaustible source of energy, hundreds of jobs, and billions in revenue”.
Many of these jobs – and much of this revenue and energy – will be via projects. Projects to build the systems that translate the energy from the sea (or the wind out at sea) to the actual power grid.
But what we also found interesting was the effect on the job market on land.
From the article:
“Ocean energy is also generating economic activity on land. The nationâ€™s first commercial testing facility for large wind turbine blades opened in Charlestown last year to support blade designers and manufacturers developing advanced materials that can stand up to harsh winds and elements offshore. The center helped persuade TPI Composites, an Arizona firm that makes blades for companies such as GE Energy, to open a development facility in Fall River.
Siemens AG, a German conglomerate, has also opened an office in Massachusetts dedicated to offshore wind power development, while others like Mass Tank Sales Corp., a Middleborough firm that makes water and fuel tanks, has a preliminary agreement to build foundations for Cape Windâ€™s turbines.”
The ‘trickle down (or should we call them ‘trickle-inland’?) effect’ from these ocean-based energy efforts are significant, providing great opportunities for project managers and engineers.
These “green-by-definition” projects will need PMs with a vocabulary and focus on sustainability. That’s one of the reasons we’re here. Stay tuned to EarthPM’s blog as well as other upcoming training opportunities to help avail yourselves of these types of opportunities.