"GOLDEN, Colo. -- The potential of offshore wind power in the United States to generate electricity is at least four times as great as the nation's total electric generating capacity from all sources in 2008, finds a new assessment by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
In their technical report, Marc Schwartz, Donna Heimiller, Steve Haymes, and Walt Musial state, "Offshore wind resources have the potential to be a significant domestic renewable energy source for coastal electricity loads."
Issued Friday, the NREL report presents the first draft of a national validated offshore wind resource database needed to understand the magnitude of the U.S. wind resource and to plan the distribution and development of future offshore wind power facilities. No offshore wind farms currently exist in the United States. "
Environment News Service had the story September 14, 2010.