DOE Announces Offshore Wind Energy Project in Seven States

Offshore wind presents a nearly untapped resource for American energy development.

The Department of Energy announced seven offshore wind awards to strengthen and secure domestic energy sources. Wind projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia will be designed, developed and installed for operation by 2017. These seven wind generators, in both federal and state waters, will be the next step in international competitiveness.

“The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources, and it is important for us to develop technologies that will allow us to utilize those resources in ways that are economically viable,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “Today’s announcement of awards to the first offshore wind projects in the U.S. paves the way to a cleaner, more sustainable and more diverse domestic energy portfolio that develops every source of American energy.”

Offshore wind offers four times the national current total generation capacity and has the capability to support nearly $70 billion in annual investments and 200,000 jobs in the process.

More information on this venture can be found on the Department of Energy website.

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