Challenges facing US offshore wind expansion
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Challenges facing US offshore wind expansion

Efforts to advance offshore wind energy in the U.S. are facing hurdles from economic, political, and misinformation challenges.

Pam Radtke reports for Floodlight.


In short:

  • The U.S. offshore wind industry struggles with inflation, supply chain issues, and political opposition, despite the Biden Administration's support.
  • Offshore wind could potentially meet 25% of the nation's energy needs by 2050, yet only four wind farms have been completed since the first proposal in the early 2000s.
  • Disinformation, such as claims that offshore wind harms marine life, is further stalling progress.

Key quote:

“There is zero evidence for offshore wind activities causing whale deaths.”

— Helen Rose Patterson, senior campaign manager with the National Wildlife Federation

Why this matters:

Support for offshore wind varies widely across the country, influenced by regional interests and lobbying from traditional energy sectors. Some states, particularly along the East Coast, are pushing forward with ambitious plans and incentives. However, others remain hesitant, often citing concerns about the impact on local fishing industries and coastal tourism. The political tug-of-war can stall progress and create an uncertain regulatory environment.

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