Responsibly Developed Offshore Wind Power is a Win for People & Wildlife (BOEM-2020-0005-0001)
Dear Secretary Bernhardt,
It is time for America to harness the abundant clean energy potential off our shores, and seize the environmental, economic, and public health benefits it can unleash. The nation’s only five offshore wind turbines - the Block Island Wind Farm - demonstrate the feasibility of this job-creating, wildlife-friendly energy opportunity along the Atlantic Coast. It is essential that we build on that momentum by advancing the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project.
Amidst a global pandemic, we are experiencing first hand that a diverse national energy portfolio and revitalization of U.S. manufacturing are critical components of the long-term resiliency that we need to build. The projects contracted along the Atlantic-coast could generate $25 billion in annual economic output and 83,000 well-paying jobs by 2030 alone. Whether we reach these goals will depend on swift action from your Department, starting with the approval of Vineyard Wind’s 800 megawatt offshore wind project.
The untapped offshore wind resource along the Eastern Seaboard is one of the most powerful in the world. Offshore wind is within reach of some of the most densely populated areas in the country where energy demands are high and new energy options are few.
We can already see the effects of climate change threatening our wildlife and coastal communities. It's time to chart another energy course, and embrace the environmental and economic benefits of responsibly developed offshore wind power.
I urge you to act expediently to move the Vineyard Wind project forward and ensure responsibly developed offshore wind power plays a major role in our nation's energy future.
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