26 Sep '12, 4pm

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Meet Power Demands of Entire East Coast

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Meet Power Demands of Entire East Coast

A quantitative analysis of offshore wind energy on the U.S. East Coast finds that, in theory anyway, the strong winds there could potentially meet one third of the entire country's electrical demands. The study, "East coast U.S. offshore and near shore wind energy potential " concluded that the offshore wind energy available in the Atlantic Ocean off of the east coast is sufficient for powering much of that region: "A major finding is that the strong winds off the USEC alone can theoretically power all of the annual coastal electricity demand from Florida to Maine (FL-to-ME) or about one-third of US electric power demand. With the exception of summer, all peak-time electricity demand could be satisfied in the states of Virginia through Maine (VA-to-ME) with OWE in those states’ waters." The team used weather modeling to generate five years worth of hourly wind speed data f...

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