Wind power has become a very popular clean energy alternative. What if we could make better use of the wind though? Offshore wind farms are optimizing the energy output of wind.
Map illustrating a comparison between the average wind speeds of onshore and offshore sources.²
Ocean winds are much stronger and more reliable than on-shore winds.² This means that we can produce a greater amount of green energy at similar costs just by changing where we gather our wind.
U.S. population density map (spikes indicate areas of high population density)³.
Illustrated by the figure above³, about 53% of the American population live in coastal areas (BOEM). At these locations, it is difficult to find land-based renewable energy resources, and yet the ocean still is not used enough. Offshore wind farms take advantage of the ocean’s underappreciated potential for energy. At the same time, they also provide coastal towns with a large amount of renewable energy. Additionally, energy costs and demands are high in coastal areas. Offshore wind farms provide an additional source of energy which could eventually lead to decreased energy costs.
Offshore wind farms can also help to create jobs and local business opportunities. The set-up and maintenance of the machines calls for teams to be prepared to take action. This creates employment chances for all while benefiting the environment and our energy needs.
One of the largest benefits of offshore wind power is how environmentally friendly it is. Wind develops no pollution and wastes no water in energy production. Therefore, wind energy has zero carbon footprint. It is a reliable, renewable resource that takes care of the earth in a responsible way.