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Ready, Set, Go: New Tool and Report Help Offshore Wind Industry Take Off

April 30, 2014 - 3:47pm

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Strong. Abundant. Consistent. These are just a few characteristics that make offshore wind an important source of clean energy for the United States. Data suggests there is more than 4,000,000 megawatts of wind energy potential that could be accessed in state and federal waters along the coasts of the United States and the Great Lakes. While realistically not all of this resource will be developed, it represents vast potential to generate renewable, reliable electricity for cities and communities near the nation’s coastlines.

The Energy Department’s Wind Program – in partnership with industry and national laboratories – works to accelerate the American offshore wind market through a portfolio of high-impact research, development, and demonstration projects.  

In one recently completed project, GL Garrad Hassan developed the first-of-its-kind port assessment tool. The web-based offshore port readiness tool consists of a user-friendly interface that enables planners to plug in key details, such as the number and size of turbines, required water depth, and foundation type, to quickly and easily locate ideal ports for their wind farm projects.   The tool also helps port operators identify areas in which additional investments are required at their facility to support the installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

In addition to the tool, GL Garrad Hassan published an in-depth report on offshore wind port readiness. The report identifies logistical requirements for moving offshore wind project components through port facilities and an analysis of six ports that represent the five coastal regions of the United States.

The project is part of the Wind Program’s larger efforts to help speed deployment of both land-based and offshore wind technologies, with the goal of expanding the use of wind energy as a cost-effective part of our nation's renewable energy portfolio. Learn more about the Wind Program and how wind energy works.

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