News Release | Environment America

Offshore Wind Within Reach for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia

The Obama administration has announced competitive lease sales for wind energy development in areas off the coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia. This is the first time that a portion of the outer continental shelf will be leased for renewable energy development.

The area proposed for leasing off of Virginia’s coast is expected to be able to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind generation – enough electricity to power an estimated 700,000 homes. The area of mutual interest proposed for leasing off of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is expected to be able to support about an additional 2,000 megawatts of wind generation. Environment America’s Federal Clean Energy Advocate Courtney Abrams, released the following statement in response.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.
America has more than doubled its use of wind power since the beginning of 2008 and we are starting to reap the environmental rewards. Wind energy now displaces about 68 million metric tons of global warming pollution each year—as much as is produced by 13 million cars. And wind energy now saves more than enough water nationwide to meet the needs of a city the size of Boston.

News Release | Environment America

U.S. Wind Energy Prevents as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 13 Million Cars Off the Road Each Year

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

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