American Offshore Wind: 300,000 Green Jobs and $200B Potential

Offshore WindAmerica is at a turning point toward harnessing 52 GW of generation capacity, 300,000 jobs, and $200 billion in economic activity from offshore wind.

America has some of the best offshore wind resources in the world — especially along the Atlantic coastline. But while the promise is massive, zero turbines are currently spinning in U.S. waters.

Fortunately, federal and state governments have made significant progress toward the first offshore turbines and have put America at a turning point toward harnessing the more than 1,300 gigawatts (GW) of energy generation potential identified along our coasts. Harnessing a realistic fraction of offshore wind’s potential — 52GW — could power 14 million homes with clean electrons while creating over 300,000 new green jobs and $200 billion in new economic activity in some of our biggest cities.

By Silvio Marcacci. Sept. 14, 2012

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