The first US to help offshore wind farms could help.

AMany of New England’s industrial cities have collapsed in recent decades, with the wealthy residents of Martha’s vineyards, the Regional Prosperity and Privilege Center, and the rebuilding and rebuilding of beaches along the coast. But their good fortune did not benefit everyone on an island where economic equality prevailed. Michael Friedman, a 55-year-old IT engineer, said it was difficult for him to stay on a tree-covered island and raise his family on the inflated island of Massachusetts. “What can you say?” In late October, the Obama family drove past the vineyard. “We’ll try.”

At a distance of 15 miles off the coast of the island, a new green-energy project is underway to expand its resources. Within a few months, workers will begin installing 837-foot-tall wind turbines for wind farms, the country’s first commercial offshore wind farm. When fully operational, the plant will generate 800 megawatts of electricity, generating 400,000 homes. More than a dozen other East Coast wind projects are awaiting government approval, and the plans show an entirely new energy industry – thousands of new and high-paying jobs.

But there is one thing: hardly any American workers have the experience to build and operate marine turbines. Community organizations, associations, and colleges are filling the void by launching training programs in their efforts to create a new U.S. Coast Guard. For organizations that have spent a lot of time and money on projects that have not yet been completed, these efforts are faith-strengthening. The same goes for employees who are learning those courses, thinking that the prospect of hiring a new and new clean energy industry on the other hand extends to them.

Friedman is one of the potential windmills. He has been taking courses on the beach-wind-technology certificate for months at ACE MV (Marta Vineyard of Adult and Community Education) and Bristol Community College. He is taking part in the course for personal gain, although he says he would consider moving to a job if given the chance. But he and his students are sure that the work he and his students are doing will produce more than a year and a half from the wind. Overseas winds have been on the horizon for decades, and endless legal battles over the former Massachusetts Venture, Cape Wind, in 2017. Things may be different with the vineyard – the project is far from the coast and has not yet been. He faced similar opposition in the area — but many, like Fredman, are still skeptical. “When I see him, I believe,” he said.


Still others are drowning. In the early morning hours of November, a small group of Piledrivers Local 56 employees were trained in Buzzard Bay, Masa. Nick Filchia, one of the staff members in the previous safety course, did some tricks. Now, Pidrivers is seriously dead after wearing a bright orange ocean suit and slipping into the blue-gray water. “Man, that water,” he said. After 30 minutes in the cold bay, he and his classmates had to repair the overturned lifeboat. “We were all joking until we got into that water.”

That exercise was part of the GWO training program designed to prepare mills, metalworkers, and other merchants for special challenges at work at sea. In addition to marine-survival modules and classrooms, it includes high-rise units, first aid and fire safety. “Many are being taught skills that they could never use,” said Mike Burns, director of the Center for Maritime and Vocational Training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Practicing escaping a wind turbine is something you hope you will never do in real life, but you are happy to learn how to do it.” The academy is currently one of the few places in the US where staff receive this type of training, but it may soon be offered at many locations along the East Coast and below.

Trade unions are among the largest organizations supporting such programs. For example, the Eastern Atlantic Carpenter Regional Council of Carpenters plans to upgrade the New Jersey training facility with a wind turbine, crane and other equipment. “So far we have about $ 700,000, $ 800,000,” said William Spruel, executive director of the company. Meanwhile, the New York State Building and Construction Business Council plans to increase class size in existing training programs and increase the number of staff it can provide for local coastal wind projects. “We are really at the beginning of the east coast winds,” said Gary Labarbera, president of the union. And when the vineyard winds up, the Massachusetts Building Chamber of Commerce, another union, plans to build a training pipeline for coastal workers, launch new staff on the beach, build substations such as power stations, and then evacuate them. To the sea. “This is the way to develop a stable workforce and a trained workforce for this industry,” said Frank Kalahan, president of the union.

Meanwhile, Fredman, who is currently studying at Bristol Community College, is investing $ 10 million in what he calls a national offshore wind farm. A.D. Launched in 2022, the institute focuses on staff training (rather than teaching college credit courses) and offers programs in coastal wind industry sectors such as finance and insurance. The college’s vice president for economic and business development, Jennifer Menard, said the goal was to help replicate the economic investment driven by winds in the coastal city of Kukshaven, England, and the UK. In education to fill the gaps in the current US workforce. “I’ve seen the effects of the beach,” she says. “It was an opportunity we wanted to prepare for.”

Europe, where overseas winds are a long-established industry, could also provide suitable training facilities for American workers. The Danish Coast Guard, Osted, has brought in more than a dozen American personnel to train on European websites once a month. According to Michael Mailson, head of operations at Osted North America, the idea is to create a team of people who can train more Americans while the company’s US projects, such as the 700-megawatt wind farm, can operate in the Rhode Island area.

Despite this high flow of investment, some US labor leaders are concerned that as the country’s carbon footprint declines, maritime wind will not deliver as many jobs as its supporters expect, especially when it comes to the loss of fossil fuels. In London, Ironworkers Local 37 Business Manager David Langlais reminds us that the fact that wind turbines, especially those related to the coast, are a major industry in Europe – rather than storing and maintaining such equipment off the coast. “There will be countless hours of American manpower loss,” he said.

Langleyis is looking for beach-like windmills such as GE, is supplying turbines for the Vineyard wind project and, which manufactures most of its components in France, and is said to be supporting beach-wind builders to produce turbines and similar equipment locally. For example, Aristotle struck out with 37 local steel workers to help build a large steel structure at the Providence, RI port to build the company’s beach turbines. Despite concerns about coastal winds, Langleyis said the association was committed to a green-energy transition.

“I’m not a scientist, but obviously we’re getting more hurricanes. “There is something very clear about this climate change, and it has to do with carbon emissions. So we have to do the right thing.

Returning to Martha’s vineyard, Miles Brockler, 44, is still studying hard, but he is still studying hard. He has worked as a surfing instructor for the past two decades but is unsure of how long it will take to swim five miles a day, and he is frustrated by the lack of job opportunities in the area with health benefits. Long out of season. “Are you serving rich people in this kind of fake and rich people’s economy or is there not much here,” he said. Brockleri is currently on a 11-month beach-wind course at Bristol Community College. By the time it is finished, the wind turbines will have at least six months left on the power of the beach turbines. There is no guarantee that you will be hired as a technician even after you have signed up online. But for the wind to blow like the rest of the world in the US, many people like him have to sink. “Opportunity is out; So I took it. ” “I do not know where he is going.”

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