Where are the offshore wind projects in America? While turbines have become a familiar sight in states across the country, offshore wind is virtually non-existent.
Even with thousands of miles of coastline, the U.S. only has around 40 megawatts of offshore wind production, most of it from a single wind farm. This pales in comparison to other parts of the world, particularly Europe, which has more than 25 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity from more than 100 offshore wind farms.
But the market landscape for offshore wind in the U.S. is poised to change dramatically, with industry and policy efforts aligning to finally access this untapped clean energy resource.
In this episode, we discuss this new frontier in the U.S. energy transition with Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association.
- Heather Zichal: Testimony to House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Subcommittee: “Offshore Wind, Onshore Benefits: Growing the Domestic Wind Energy Industry”
- USC Schwarzenegger Institute: California’s Offshore Wind Electricity Opportunity
- Canary: Could the US leadthe world in floating offshore wind?
- Canary: California offshore wind could save billions and help prevent blackouts. What’s holding it back?
- Axios: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate
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