Wind energy is a significant source of clean energy which is not only beneficial to the environment, but also the economy. Over 120,000 workers in the United States are currently employed in the wind energy industry, and another 80,000 jobs are forecasted to be created by the end of this decade. Locally, Rhode Island is at the forefront of the transition to clean energy. Governor Raimondo’s mandate to be 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2030 has already attracted multiple international wind energy companies into Rhode Island, specifically Boston Energy and GEV Wind Power. These two companies alone will create 175 new jobs and add over $21 million to Rhode Island’s annual GDP. So, wind energy is an exciting industry not only for its environmental benefits but the economic gains.
You have probably wondered:
Why renewable energy? We have an answer! Renewable energy comes from natural sources such as wind, water, and sun. This means that renewable energy is abundant, clean, and sustainable. We all want a cleaner environment, so what is better than the energy that minimizes methane and carbon emissions? By using renewable energy, we can build an amazing future by helping our earth with global warming, coal, and gas reverses, health, and economy.
Why Offshore wind? Offshore wind is one of the latest innovations in the journey towards a greener planet, and there are still some concerns about it. Some have raised questions about how it affects wildlife and ecosystems, others have asked about how much energy they produce, and if it is worth it. Offshore farms are environmentally beneficial because they often create natural coral reefs at the base of the turbines; and, in one study they were actually shown to help seals. In terms of energy produced, while there is currently only one offshore wind farm in the US (Block Island!), the potential for offshore wind energy is high. There is a high demand for energy on the East coast, and there is a large continental shelf off the coast, the perfect place for wind farms. By 2030, there could be 8-10 GW of power produced by wind farms off of our coasts (that is a lot of energy!).