A report released by the National Wildlife Foundation highlights the potential of U.S. states on the Atlantic Ocean to generate electricity from offshore wind -- and calls upon state leaders to take action to promote offshore wind development.
The 24-page report, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of U.S. Offshore Wind Power, describes responsibly developed offshore wind as "a golden opportunity to meet our coastal energy needs with a clean, local resource that will spur investments in local economies." In particular, the Atlantic coast offers a high-quality wind resource in close proximity to power-thirsty coastal cities.
Key findings in the report include:
The report highlights Massachusetts and Rhode Island as leading America's pursuit of offshore wind, followed by Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, with Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia bringing up the rear. New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Florida are noted as "states to watch" with no offshore wind planning activities.
The report calls on state leaders to:
Set a bold goal for offshore wind in the state's energy plan.
Take action to ensure a competitive market for offshore wind power.
Advance power contracts for offshore wind.
Ensure an efficient, transparent, and environmentally responsible offshore wind leasing process that protects wildlife.
Invest in key research, initiatives, and infrastructure needed to spur offshore wind development.
Will Atlantic states develop their offshore wind resources?