Why Offshore Wind
Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for more than 2,000 years. Sailors use the wind to navigate the seas, farmers use wind-powered mills to grind grain and ranchers use wind to power water-pumps for livestock. Now, modern technology allows us to generate clean, renewable energy from offshore wind.
Offshore wind turbines are already being successfully used in Europe and other parts of the world. Offshore winds are generally more consistent and stronger than winds over land. Harnessing the power of offshore winds will help our country meet its renewable energy goals, build a modern, clean energy economy and ensure healthy, sustainable communities.
Offshore wind will create and support local, highly-skilled jobs. Industry supported jobs include engineering, construction, surveyors, scientists and tradespeople. Offshore wind projects can help revitalize area manufacturing sectors and ports, and form the basis for a stable workforce for decades.
The offshore wind industry already employs tens of thousands of workers in Europe – it’s time for America to compete in this 21st century industry. Wind energy projects typically require hundreds of different products and components. Skilled labor is required to build, assemble and maintain wind turbines and the infrastructure that supports them. U.S. businesses that are involved with offshore wind will be well-positioned to bring jobs and manufacturing to the states along the east Atlantic coast. Once a domestic wind energy industry is established, there may even be opportunities for America to export services around the world.
Clean Domestic Energy
Governments around the globe are working to reduce carbon emissions and transition away from fossil fuels like coal and oil. Offshore wind is an excellent source of clean, reliable renewable energy, and the wind blowing off the Atlantic coast is a vast, untapped energy source.
Increasingly, Americans are demanding cleaner and more sustainable choices for their electricity. Wind energy has zero emissions, and no threat of toxic spills or damaging explosions.
Americans want healthy, safe and vibrant communities – and offshore wind can help achieve this sustainable future. Displacing fossil fuel burning power plants with clean offshore wind turbines will help improve the air we breathe and supply modern job opportunities for today’s 21st century economy.
Offshore wind sites have to undergo strict environmental reviews to protect wildlife and habitat. US Wind is committed to exceptional stewardship of our oceans and offshore ecosystems. Offshore wind is truly a responsible, renewable and sustainable source of energy to meet our country’s needs.