This isn’t just hot air — a new report released from the Environment America and Frontier Group claims that winds blowing off the east coast could generate enough power to sustain states in the region.
Specifically, the report states that wind power could provide nearly four times more electricity each year than the area’s current power consumption. Moreso, 12 of the 14 coastal states have the potential to generate wind power that exceeds their current electricity usage.
This is big news! According to the study, if 14 states converted all activities currently powered by gasoline, natural gas and other fossil fuels — including transportation and the power used in homes — to electricity, the energy produced by offshore wind turbines could potentially produce double the power already in use. This further affirms the exciting potential of wind to cut down on carbon emissions and provide sustainable energy solutions.
We’re facing rising seas, intensifying storms, and old and new health threats because we’ve relied so long on dirty energy sources,” said Rob Sargent, energy program director for Environment America. “But sitting right here next to us is the Atlantic Coast, and its winds provide a massive source of totally clean power.”
Offshore wind has been slow to take off in the United States. To date, only one wind farm is operating in the U.S., off the coast of Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Europe hosts 4,100 offshore wind turbines that supply enough electricity to power more than 20 million homes each day. But more American offshore wind is on the horizon. Thirteen leased offshore wind projects are now moving forward in the U.S., which could provide enough electricity to power approximately 5.2 million homes.
“Offshore wind off the Atlantic coast has the potential to power our communities for decades to come,” said Matthew Morrissey, Vice President for Deepwater Wind; which built the nation’s first offshore wind project off the coast of Rhode Island.
Advances in technology and declining costs, coupled with growing concern about the environmental impacts of fossil fuels, has contributed to the recent momentum.
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