A new report from the US Interior Department concludes that offshore wind power could be more than sufficient for meeting the current level of American demand for electricity. They estimate that the Atlantic coast alone could provide 1,000 gigawatts of electricity: as much as 1,000 Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors. The report also estimates that wind power in shallow waters (less than 30m deep) could provide 20% of the electricity required by coastal states.
While the report also stresses the oil and gas resources that could be taken advantage of in these continental waters, it is encouraging to see that it takes renewables seriously. The report’s executive summary is online.