Offshore Wind for America

Source: By Hannah Read, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Bryn Huxley-Reicher, Frontier Group. • Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Promise and Potential of Clean Energy off Our Coasts

America’s offshore wind resources are big enough to produce more electricity than the nation currently consumes. To make use of these resources, policy-makers should remove the barriers slowing down the growth of the offshore wind industry, and support and hasten that growth to provide clean energy where it’s needed most.

Offshore wind has the technical capacity to power the country with clean energy. The United States has the technical potential to produce more than 7,200 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from offshore wind, which is almost two times the amount of electricity the U.S. consumed in 2019 and about 90 percent of the amount of electricity the nation would consume in 2050 if we electrified our buildings, transportation system and industry, transitioning them to run on electricity instead of fossil fuels.