This is an exciting time for offshore wind in the United States. With the development of the first offshore wind farm three miles from the coast of Block Island, the industry is taking a step forward into a promising future.
The Block Island Wind Farm will be the first of many U.S. offshore wind sites. The Department of Energy expects the United States to ramp up to three gigawatts of offshore wind within the next two years, 22 gigawatts by 2030, and 86 gigawatts by 2050. As the government continues to expand leasing for offshore wind developers, the industry can expect to see a growing supply chain and workforce to support these developments. If the United States fully developed its offshore wind resources, the amount of electricity that could be generated would exceed the nation’s electricity demand by approximately 100 percent. However, taking advantage of offshore wind potential in the U.S. will initially rest upon achieving financial and operational support in order to make wind a mainstream resource – no small feat.
Learn more about offshore wind developments and industry trends at Advanced Energy Conference 2018. Registration is open at http://bit.ly/AEC2018 for individuals and organizations to get up to date on the industry and network with its leaders.