New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters
September 29, 2015 – 11:30am
As long as the Wind Generators are far enough out to safeguard the birds and are mammal and fish friendly, I like this a lot!
The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market, including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.
One of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in the planning and development pipeline.
Of these 21 U.S. projects, 13 projects totaling nearly 6,000 MW—enough to power 1.8 million homes—are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020.
With 80% of the nation’s electricity demand coming from coastal states, offshore wind could play a crucial role in meeting our energy needs.
“American developer Deepwater Wind”
leveraging 25 years of European technical knowledge, as well as U.S. manufacturing and installation expertise
began construction of the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island this spring.
The 30-MW project is expected to be operational by fall 2016.
In addition to Rhode Island, offshore wind projects in eight other states are also in the advanced stages of development.