21 wind projects planned in U.S. waters

Friday, 2 October, 2015 - 11:00

The U.S. Energy Department released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market. Thus, not only the construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm has started, but 21 projects totalling 15,650 MW are in the planning and development pipeline.

Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the 2014-2015 U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report was prepared for the Energy Department by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and builds on the success and utility of the Energy Department’s Annual Wind Technologies Market Report and Distributed Wind Market Report, which provide stakeholders with reliable and consistent data sources for their respective markets.

Of the 21 U.S. projects in the planning and development pipeline, 13 projects totalling nearly 6,000 MW are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020. With 80 % of the nation’s electricity demand coming from coastal states, offshore wind could play a crucial role in meeting our energy needs.

American developer Deepwater Wind – leveraging 25 years of European technical knowledge, as well as U.S. manufacturing and installation expertise – began construction of the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island this spring. The 30 MW project is expected to be operational by fall 2016. In addition to Rhode Island, offshore wind projects in eight other states are also in the advanced stages of development.

Katharina Garus / U.S. Department of Energy

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