29 Apr '13, 3pm

Progress Report: Seven US Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects

Progress Report: Seven US Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects

Out of a calculated 4,150 GW of offshore wind energy resource potential, the DoE's Wind Powering America initiative aims to achieve 54 GW by 2030, translating to roughly 10,000 offshore turbines averaging at east 5 MW each, and roughly 4 percent of the nation's electricity capacity, explained Greg Matzat, senior advisor for the DOE's offshore wind office of wind and water power technologies. That could also support several hundred thousand jobs in the supply chain and revitalize ports and heavy industries, he added. While the wind resources in the middle of the U.S. have attracted initial wind technology investments, offshore wind energy is much closer to where the major electric load centers are — 28 coastal states use more than 79 percent of the nation's electricity, he said, and typically have more expensive rates — and avoids extra burden and investments in the transmi...

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