Farmingdale State College will be hosting its annual Offshore Wind Conference this week. 

The two-day virtual event, scheduled for Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, will focus on workforce development for the offshore wind power industry and provide updates on the status of existing projects and pending solicitations. 

The conference comes on the heels of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s auction of offshore wind development rights in over 488,000 acres of the New York Bight, a large triangular-shaped area of the water that stretches from Cape May, N.J. to Montauk Point. The auction drew a record $4.37 billion in bids from developers and major energy companies.  

The Farmingdale State conference will feature developers and contractors who will elaborate on their hiring process for upcoming offshore wind projects. Educators, trade unions and community-based organizations will also report on their plans and investments in human capital and facilities to prepare the workforce, according to a statement from the college. 

Last year, the State University of New York and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute to train 2,500 workers as part of the largest public investment in offshore wind workforce development by any state in the U.S. Representatives from NYSERDA and the Offshore Wind Training Institute will present plans and discuss funding opportunities at the conference. 

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