Harnessing the winds at the climate frontier

While Europe has extensive experience in developing offshore wind farms, the industry remains nascent in the United States. It can be difficult to find suitable insurance and risk mitigation solutions for pioneers in this space.

The challenge

A consortium of European and American partners constructing an offshore wind farm faced a myriad of risks and insurance challenges.

For example, United States federal law requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This law limited the scope of ships that could be equipped for the offshore wind project. As a result, developers were running barges from an installation vessel to the port, increasing the risk associated with sea travel, loading, and unloading. 

How Chubb helped

Chubb stepped in to provide lead terms. They listened to the clients’ needs around coverage and gained a deeper understanding of the client’s specific requirements and offered tailored insurance and risk solutions.

The size of Chubb’s network enables us to provide multinational solutions to clients. We can craft coverage across multi-lines (e.g., onshore and offshore, marine, casualty, terrorism), and underwriters work together to understand the broader client relationship.

The opportunity to speak with clients face-to-face enables us to cultivate strong relationships. We can learn about their business, their concerns, and challenges to understand their risk better, so that we can provide the best solution that works for all stakeholders.

Chubb also supported the offshore wind farm project by bringing in specialists from its global risk engineering center. Risk engineers with offshore energy experience conducted a review, visited project sites, and sat across the table from project leaders to learn more about their business and discuss market trends. Risk managers are often assigned to focus on a single project and become well-versed in their arena, but Chubb’s risk engineers presented a comprehensive view of the potential risks the client might face by sharing lessons learned from working on similar issues with other companies around the world.

Paving the way to an energy revolution

Construction of the wind farm project is well underway. The American sustainable energy client involved in the project is already planning two other offshore wind farms nearby. This project is just the beginning of the client’s offshore wind energy plans in the U.S. Nationally, the White House has set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power 10 million homes with clean energy, support 77,000 jobs, and spur $12 billion per year in private investment in offshore wind projects.