The Case For Offshore Wind Farms

Written by on February 25, 2015 in Other News
Construction of an offshore windfarm near Meols, England. Photo credit: steeedm via photopin cc.

Construction of an offshore windfarm near Meols, England. Photo credit: steeedm via photopin cc.

Yesterday, President Obama formally vetoed legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that was celebrated by environmental groups across the country. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at a promising environmentally-friendly energy alternative: offshore wind power.

The Case for Offshore Wind Farms in the United States:

  • The wind is faster and the area is bigger offshore so turbines can be huge and they will generate more power than land-based wind farms.
  • One gigawatt of offshore wind power capacity generates an average of 3.4 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually. Generating that amount of electricity with fossil fuels would consume 1.7 million tons of coal or 27.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas, emitting 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.
  • Wind power off the shores of the U.S. and Great Lakes has four times the energy potential of the entire U.S electric power system.
  • According to a report from the Department of Energy, the offshore wind market in the U.S. could create up to 200,000 jobs and drive more than $70 billion in annual investments.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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