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. So far about 6 GW of offshore wind projects have been proposed along the Atlantic coast (including Cape Wind, see above) - the equivalent of about five coal-fired power plants and enough to power about 1.5 million average U.S. homes. Those are just two of the many compelling findings from a report authored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and co-sponsored by ELM and others, that was released on December 1. ELM serves as NWF's Massachusetts Affiliate.
"As a nation we are stuck in a lop-sided battle pitting powerful fossil fuel interests against those who want 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.