Offshore wind (OSW) project development in the United States continues its rapid pace. In addition to the significant “E” factors already present in such projects, several recent OSW solicitations undertaken and executive orders released during the COVID-19 pandemic have included specific “S” factors.

In our Legal Update, we provide further detail on OSW solicitations addressing a range of social issues including community engagement, prioritizing disadvantaged communities and blue-collar workforce development. We also highlight policy developments at the Federal and State levels that could impact OSW development, including with respect to “green job” creation.

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