According to a new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. could get 20% of its electricity from offshore wind by 2030 if developed offshore wind farms along the coasts and Great Lakes.
The report states that in 2030, under conservative assumptions, the country could obtain 54 GW of offshore wind energy.
The development of offshore wind farms will create 43,000 permanent jobs and inject 200,000 million dollars into the economy. The study states that every megawatt of wind energy creates more than 20 jobs. This news coincides with two other important developments in the offshore.
First, the investment from Google and other companies in transport infrastructure of wind power in the U.S. east coast, which will install 6,000 MW of wind power.
Second, the news that the Cape Wind project, the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., has received a loan to 28 years of Interior Department for its development and operation in federal waters, making wind turbines a reality .
In addition to the park eólicp Cape Wind, there are 20 wind projects totaling 2,000 MW in various stages of planning and management of permissions.
NREL wind resource estimated that the U.S. Navy is more than 4,000 GW, which is four times the current installed capacity.