Action: Join Our Alliance. Support Offshore Wind.
The U.S. has a vast offshore wind energy resource. Our shores possess a power potential of more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW), nearly double the nation’s current electricity use. This potential presents an enormous opportunity to deliver large amounts of clean and reliable electricity to the country’s largest population centers, where it’s needed most.
Harnessing America’s offshore wind resources presents an enormous opportunity to create tens of thousands of jobs, revitalize coastal communities, and deliver large amounts of clean, reliable energy to the country’s biggest population centers. Join the American Wind Energy Association and #SupportOffshoreWind.
State policies in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and others are vital drivers for the offshore wind industry. These policies will help achieve scale and develop an American supply chain.
After years of hard work, the nation’s first offshore wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm, came online in 2016. The Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF), developed by Deepwater Wind, is a 30 MW project with five 6-MW turbines off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. More than a year after the wind farm came online, the reviews are in: electricity prices are down, tourism is up, and the island has high-speed internet for the first time. America’s first offshore wind farm is an American success story.
With world-class wind resources on the East and West Coasts and in the Great Lakes, infrastructure and offshore energy expertise, the U.S. is primed to scale up offshore wind power. The U.S. Department of the Interior is charting a path forward for additional offshore wind lease areas. That will transform offshore wind’s enormous potential into a concrete pillar of American energy dominance while spurring new manufacturing and shipbuilding. Offshore wind will create thousands of jobs for legacy energy workers such as those along the Gulf Coast, as well as offering an abundance of opportunities for the next generation of the ocean industry’s workforce around the country.
There are currently 15 active commercial leases for offshore wind development in the U.S. If these leases are fully built, there is the potential to support approximately 25 GW of offshore wind capacity. Industry experts and analysts believe that the U.S. offshore wind industry will continue to take off in the years ahead, bringing with it a new and prosperous American industry.