Offshore wind turbines can produce abundant energy in a safe and cost-efficient manner while reducing pollution. Evidence suggests that offshore wind turbines also have minimal to no impacts on property values and encourages tourism. Concerns about these issues are understandable for an industry that is relatively new to the U.S., but studies strongly indicate their effect on property values and tourism will be neutral to positive.
To protect marine life, all stages of offshore wind development are subject to rigorous regulation and monitoring requirements, using measures such as mandatory vessel speed restrictions, vessel strike avoidance measures, constant visual and acoustic monitoring, seasonal restrictions, sound reduction technology and other mitigation.
Learn how offshore wind energy is committed to protecting marine life throughout project development and operations through this fact sheet.
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Learn more in this fact sheet that covers some of the recent disinformation around offshore wind and whale deaths that opponents have been spreading in the media.
The offshore wind industry has always been and remains strongly committed to safeguarding the marine environment by taking a number of proactive steps, including establishing and monitoring exclusion zones around vessels, developing the newest mitigation technology, and pausing work during migration seasons.
The offshore wind industry is poised for exponential growth in the United States. Market projections anticipate up to 30,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity will be operational by 2030, representing as much as $57 billion of investment in the U.S. economy.
Offshore wind project development and operations will rely on at least 25 vessels per project across all project stages, including seafloor survey work, component transfer, cable burial, crew transfer, and turbine installation. The number and category of vessels used depends largely on environmental conditions, distance of lease from shore, project size, and other factors.