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Go Big On Offshore Wind

Goal: Convince six 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 five 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.  Thanks in part to Environment America’s advocacy and action, the nation’s first offshore wind farm is now in operation, three miles off of Rhode Island. But that’s just the beginning.

Commitments we’ve already secured will lead to enough electricity from Atlantic offshore wind to power 6 million homes. But, unlocking more of offshore wind power’s true potential depends 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 17,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 -- enough to power more than six million homes.</h5><em>Kinolamp via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0</em>
Committing to the future

Once wind farms are in operation, the fuel is free: Nobody can charge you for the wind. The Atlantic Coast is especially well-suited for wind power, with shallow waters and millions of people living close to shore. The upfront investment in building and erecting turbines and laying transmission lines, however, is significant. It pays for itself in the long term, so the project requires a long-term commitment. That’s where our states and governors come in.

State leaders have the power to forge long-term agreements committing Atlantic states to getting more of our 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.
A race to the top

Similar to our Go Solar campaign, we’re encouraging a race to the top among state leaders on offshore wind. The benefits are clear: cleaner air and fewer local climate-disrupting emissions as offshore wind replaces fossil fuel-fired power plants. We’re working to document and make these benefits understood, not just by the governors of these states, but by local officials, business groups, consumer groups, environmental groups and civic groups.

Research, advocacy & action

Environment America and our Atlantic Coast affiliates are well-positioned to make this case. We’ve written seven reports on the benefits of offshore wind. We have advocates, organizers, members and activists in every state. And thanks to our staff and supporters, we have a strong and long track record of creative action and transpartisan results on clean energy.

We have the power

With wind technology rapidly improving, wind power prices are steadily dropping. In the face of climate change, the need for carbon-free, renewable wind power could not be greater. By acting now, we can secure offshore wind’s key role in the East Coast’s energy future.

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