Clean Power offshore wind

Published on September 15th, 2013 | by Amber Archangel


Top 10 Gigawatts: Offshore Wind Power Capacity (Infographic)

September 15th, 2013 by  

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

This infophoto shows the current information available on offshore wind in a graphic form, so we can easily see the big picture. It will be fun to update this in a year and look back at the progress that’s been made. It will also be wonderful to see the United States participate in the offshore industry.

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When we discuss gigawatts of offshore wind, the place to begin is megawatts. The wind farms that are operational at this time are all megawatt (MW) in size. There is one project underway in the United Kingdom that will be more than 1 gigawatt (GW) in size. The planning consent has been granted for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Triton Knoll, off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast. It represents a £3.6 billion investment, around 1,130 jobs created and will provide power to 820,000 homes.

According to RenewableUK:

Great Britain has been the world leader in offshore wind since October 2008, with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined. Total offshore generating capacity in UK waters is currently around 3,653 MW, providing power for around 2 million homes.

In addition to the capacity already installed, a further 3.8 GW is either in construction or has planning approval, and a further 7.8 GW is in the planning system. One of these projects that in the planning system is the 1.1 GW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. It will be located off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, near Brighton & Hove.

The US Department of Energy reports:

Offshore wind represents a large, untapped energy resource for the United States, offering over 4,000 gigawatts of clean, domestic energy potential – four times the nation’s current total generation capacity. According to a recent report commissioned by the Energy Department, a US offshore wind industry that takes advantage of this abundant domestic resource could support up to 200,000 manufacturing, construction, operation and supply chain jobs across the country and drive over $70 billion in annual investments by 2030.

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-- I am an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, and constant student of many studies. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, I helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Private aviation stirs a special appeal, I would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in my yard. I am a peace-loving, courageous soul, and I am passionate about contributing to the clean energy revolution. I formerly designed and managed a clean energy website,

  • Senlac

    When you consider the huge off shore Wind Capacity, and the very large capacity in the middle of the country with very high average wind speeds, in addition to Solar, our energy problems are solved. If only we could solve our political ones.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perhaps this would be a good time to review our/US wind resources.

      First, take a look at where we are now harvesting wind. From the Texas Panhandle, up through Oklahoma, and on to the Upper Midwest. Lots of good pink.

      Now, check our offshore along the Gulf Coast and Florida’s east coast. Not much onshore in the SE, but lots of nice potential just offshore.

      Finally check the rest of the US coast and the Great Lakes. Much beautiful red and some fantastic blue off the Northern California/Oregon coast. Imagine anchoring a lot of floating turbines off that coast and running a HVDC line over to the Pacific Intertie. That would distribute excellent wind all up an down the West Coast and even as far east as Utah thanks to the Intermountain Intertie.

  • mike_dyke

    “It will be located off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, near Brighton & Hove.”

    Sorry Amber, you’re slighly out in your geography – Brighton and Hove is on the other side of Hampshire on the Sussex coast. Bournemouth is on the Hampshire/Dorset coast (where I live)

  • Ivor O’Connor

    “four times the nation’s current total generation capacity”

    Wish I would hear the republicans quit with the drill baby drill bs and start looking at this.

    • Bob_Wallace

      They won’t until all the heavy lifting has been done by others and prices have fallen.

      Look how they’ve climbed on board with wind and are starting to come around with solar now that it’s getting affordable.

      • agelbert


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