Offshore wind: America’s new energy opportunity
The United States has a vast yet untapped offshore wind resource, which has the potential to contribute up to four times the generating capacity of the current U.S. electrical system.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030, found that offshore wind capacity could provide 54 gigawatts of the 300 GW needed to deliver 20% of the nation’s electricity from wind energy by 2030. That’s enough energy to power over 16 million homes.
As a result of offshore wind energy’s significant job-creation potential, proven environmental benefits, and close proximity to demand, it has attracted developers to pursue projects along the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes. Continued and expanding commitment from states, the federal government, and environmental organizations bolsters the prospects for the offshore wind industry. Approximately 13 offshore wind projects are at various stages of development in the United States.
Industry experts and analysts believe that the U.S. offshore wind industry is well positioned for significant growth. The high potential for the burgeoning offshore segment of the wind energy industry in the United States makes the case for continued focus and investment.
Get involved: Join the AWEA Offshore Wind Working Group
The AWEA Offshore Wind Working is composed of offshore wind developers, OEMs and other supply chain companies, environmental and other consultants, law firms, and advocates engaged in activities that are helping to launch the offshore wind industry in the United States.
Join today to keep up to date on the latest information on the U.S. offshore wind industry and participate in activities that develop regulatory and legislative policies that affect the development of this industry. Your input is critical to this process. Please contact Chris Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.