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Go Big On Offshore Wind

Goal: Convince Atlantic states to harness the wind that blows off their shores.
Wind power is a key component in our energy future.

It’s a huge new harvest from America’s fields and farms, providing more than three times the electricity it did 10 years ago. But until recently, we’ve failed to take advantage of the big, steady winds that blow off our coasts.  

Thankfully that trend is changing. In the past few years, Atlantic coast states have made commitments to offshore wind - enough to power 12.5 million homes by 2035. But, since the Atlantic coast has wind energy resources to generate four times the amount of electricity the region currently consumes, these commitments barely scratch the surface. Unlocking offshore wind power’s true potential will depend in large part on the Atlantic seaboard states and their governors.

  • <h4>America's First Offshore Wind Farm</h4><h5>Block Island (R.I.) Wind Farm, December 2016</h5><em>U.S. Dept of Energy Photo</em>
  • <h4>More than Enough to meet the East Coast’s Energy Needs</h4><h5>Offshore wind power could provide twice the amount of energy needed to power the Atlantic coast states (including heat and cars).</h5><em>Sherringham Shoal Wind Farm, England / Harald Pettersen/Statoil CC BY 2.0</em>
  • <h4>State commitments on the rise</h4><h5>State leaders along the Atlantic coast have already committed to nearly 25,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 — enough to power more than twelve million homes.</h5><em>Kinolamp via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0</em>
Committing to the future

Once wind farms are up and running, the fuel is free: Nobody can charge you for the wind. The Atlantic Coast is especially well-suited for wind power, with its strong steady winds, shallow waters and millions of people living close to shore. 

There’s no denying that the upfront investment in building and erecting turbines and laying transmission lines is significant, but these investments pay for themselves in the long term, which is why wind projects require a long-term commitment. That’s where our states and governors come in.

State leaders have the power to forge long-term agreements committing their state to get more of their energy from offshore wind. Our Go Big On Offshore Wind campaign is asking the governors of six states, from Maine to Georgia, to make these commitments.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo celebrates Block Island Wind Farm.
We have the power

Wind technology continues to rapidly improve. The turbines have become more powerful and efficient. Wind power prices continue to steadily drop.

In the face of climate change, the need for carbon-free, renewable wind power could not be greater. By acting now to go big on offshore wind on the America’s Atlantic seaboard can secure a reliable clean energy source that never runs out.

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