Tremendous Potential Exists for Wind Power off the Atlantic Coast

ELM and 40 Others Co-Sponsor Wind Report

Sufficient wind exists off the Atlantic coast of the U.S. to generate up to 212 Gigawatts (GW) of electricity. About six GW of offshore wind projects have been proposed along the Atlantic coast (including Cape Wind) - the equivalent of about five coal-fired power plants and enough to power about 1.5 million average U.S. homes. These are among the findings from a report authored by the National Wildlife Federation and co-sponsored by ELM, which was released on December 1.

"As a nation we are stuck in a lop-sided battle pitting powerful fossil fuel interests against those who want us to move America toward a safer, cleaner, job-producing green energy future. Offshore wind is one of the easiest ways to take a major step toward that future. We will soon build Cape Wind, the nation's first offshore wind farm. We must all work together to ensure Cape Wind is just the first of many new wind farms off the Atlantic coast," said Ken Pruitt, ELM's Managing Director.

The report, Offshore Wind in the Atlantic: Growing Momentum for Jobs, Energy Independence, Clean Air, and Wildlife Protection, is available by clicking here

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