U.S. Offshore Wind

America’s new energy opportunity

The United States has a vast offshore wind energy resource, with a power potential of more than 4,000 gigawatts (GW) that could contribute up to four times the generating capacity of the current U.S. electrical system. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s report, Wind Vision, anticipates that offshore wind could reach 22 GW of installed capacity by 2030 and 86 GW by 2050.

2016 was a historic year for U.S. offshore wind energy as the nation's first offshore wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm, came online at the end of the year. The Block Island Wind Farm, developed by Deepwater Wind, is a 30 MW project with five 6-MW turbines off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. The project has the ability to power about 17,000 homes.

Find out more about recent offshore wind activities in the U.S. here

Offshore wind energy has significant job-creation potential, proven environmental benefits, and close proximity to demand. As a result, 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. 

 

Looking Ahead 

Industry experts and analysts believe that the U.S. offshore wind industry is well positioned for significant growth. At the end of 2016 there were 17 proposed offshore wind projects in various stages of development off the East, West, and Great Lakes coasts, representing over 9,100 MW of potential capacity. New York and Massachusetts recently made commitments to develop a combined 4,000 MW of offshore wind by 2030. 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 Committee 

The AWEA Offshore Wind Committee 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.  

The AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference program has cultivated a dedicated and thriving global community of top developers and experts, making it the largest and most successful gathering of offshore wind energy professionals in the United States.