Benefits of Offshore Wind Energy
A utility-scale offshore wind farm – of 350 megawatts – will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power about 125,000 homes every year. The fuel for these wind farms – the wind! – is free and thus you will never see a fuel adjustment charge on your electric bill associated with wind energy. This emission-free technology replaces fossil fuel-generated electricity, thereby avoiding 1.3 billion pounds of polluting carbon dioxide emissions a year and reducing the need to import 17 million barrels of oil a year.
Offshore wind farms also create jobs for highly skilled workers, including fabrication of the turbine foundations, installation of the foundations and turbines themselves, laying of undersea cable, and operations and maintenance positions. Hundreds of workers will be required for each utility-scale wind farm and many hundreds more will be needed to manufacture the products associated with wind farms. There are now more than 85,000 workers employed in the land-based wind industry here in the United States. In Europe, it has been projected that more than 200,000 workers will be employed in the offshore wind sector by 2030. The U.S. has some catching up to do, and, with the support of the federal and state governments, we will: The U.S. offshore wind industry has the potential to employ tens of thousands of workers in the years to come.
In a sentence: Offshore wind energy is a win-win-win. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for ratepayers since we provide a hedge against rising fuel costs, and it’s good for our country’s workforce.