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Go Big On Offshore Wind

Campaign Goal: Convince Atlantic Coast states to harness the wind that blows off our shores.
Wind power is a key component in our energy future.

It’s a huge new harvest from America’s fields and farms, providing more than three times the electricity it did 10 years ago. But until recently, we’ve failed to take advantage of the big, steady winds that blow off our coasts.  

Thankfully that trend is changing. In the past few years, Atlantic coast states have made commitments to offshore wind - enough to power 12.5 million homes by 2035. But, given the enormous potential across all our coasts to power our electricity needs twice over with offshore wind alone, these commitments barely scratch the surface. Unlocking offshore wind power’s true potential will depend in large part on our coastal states and their governors.

  • <h4>America's First Offshore Wind Farm</h4><h5>Block Island (R.I.) Wind Farm, December 2016</h5><em>U.S. Dept of Energy Photo</em>
  • <h4>More than Enough to meet the East Coast’s Energy Needs</h4><h5>Offshore wind power could provide twice the amount of energy needed to power the Atlantic coast states (including heat and cars).</h5><em>Sherringham Shoal Wind Farm, England / Harald Pettersen/Statoil CC BY 2.0</em>
  • <h4>State commitments on the rise</h4><h5>State leaders along the Atlantic coast have already committed to nearly 25,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 — enough to power more than twelve million homes.</h5><em>Kinolamp via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0</em>
Committing to the future

Thanks in part to our advocacy and action, the nation now has an operational wind farm off the Rhode Island coast and another in Virginia set to go by the end of 2020. But it’s just the beginning.

In order to have the confidence they need to invest in new wind projects and infrastructure -- which can take years to build -- wind developers need to know that they can count on selling the clean, renewable power their projects produce for the long haul. That’s where our states and governors come in.

State leaders have the power to forge long-term agreements committing their state to get more of their energy from offshore wind. Our Go Big on Offshore Wind campaign is asking the governors of five states, from California to North Carolina, to make these commitments and turn them into action. States on the East Coast have already set a goal of procuring almost 30GW of offshore wind by 2035. That's a great start, and we can do more. By 2025, we want to see a nationwide total of 50 GW in offshore wind commitments - enough to power 25 million homes.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo celebrates Block Island Wind Farm.
A race to the top

Similar to our Go Solar campaign, we’re encouraging a race to the top among state leaders on offshore wind. The benefits are clear: cleaner air and fewer local climate-disrupting emissions as offshore wind replaces fossil fuel-fired power plants; and a more diverse economy, as companies build, erect and maintain offshore wind farms. We’re working to document and make these benefits understood, not just by the governor, but by local officials, business groups, consumer groups, environmental groups and civic groups.

Research, advocacy & action

Environment North Carolina and our Atlantic Coast affiliates are well-positioned to make this case. We’ve written seven reports on the benefits of offshore wind. We have advocates, organizers, members and activists in every state. And thanks to our staff and supporters, we have a strong and long track record of creative action and transpartisan results on clean energy.

We have the power

Wind technology is advanced, affordable and proven. Wind power prices are steadily dropping. With Block Island Wind Farm already turning the breezes off the coast of Rhode Island into clean energy, progress is already underway.

In the face of a warming planet and environmental destruction caused by the burning of fossil fuels for energy, the need for clean, renewable wind power has never been greater. Offshore wind could supply enough clean energy to meet double the nation’s electricity needs. Now is the time to tap into the vast renewable energy resource off our shores.

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