Ørsted Takes Extra Step to Maintain Critical Connection to Mid-Atlantic Fishing Community via Virtual Port Access Hours
Annapolis, MD – With traditional face-to-face meetings and individual forms of contact reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has been offering virtual port hours to answer questions and field comments from the recreational and commercial fishing community about the company’s offshore wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. Interested parties may reach a member of the Ørsted marine affairs team by calling +1 (213) 458-8466 ID: 5690795#, on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Ørsted has assembled the largest and most proactive marine affairs team of any offshore wind developer in the U.S. The company seeks to minimize disruption of fishing activities during all phases of development while focusing on access and safe navigation for vessels during wind farm operations.
“We understand that nothing beats the in-person connectivity we have enjoyed on the docks, but we hope that establishing a dedicated phone line with regularly scheduled calls will keep our ongoing conversations as productive as they have been,” said Elizabeth Kretovic, Mid-Atlantic Marine Affairs Manager. “As we make progress on our Mid-Atlantic projects communication is key – we are committed to having open and honest dialogue with the recreational and commercial fishing communities.”
Ørsted will also be available for one-on-one appointments via telephone and remains available anytime for ad hoc engagement. For more information, please reach out to Kara Gross, Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Liaison, at KARGR@orsted.com or 857-330-7699.
Recreational and commercial fishers are also invited to participate in Ørsted’ s outreach survey for a better understanding of their interest in the offshore wind industry and how Ørsted can improve stakeholder relationships.
About Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind
Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind delivers clean, renewable energy along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. It operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has been awarded over 2,900 megawatts of capacity through six projects. It is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs more than 150 people.
Ørsted was selected by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in June 2019 to develop the state’s first offshore wind farm. Located 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, the 1,100 MW wind farm will create more than 3,000 direct jobs annually during construction and power more than 500,000 homes in the state.
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities, bioenergy plants and provides energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,500 people. Ørsted shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Ørsted). In 2018, the group's revenue was DKK 76.9 billion ($11.4 billion). For more information on Ørsted, visit Ørsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
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