AWEA report estimates that offshore wind along the East Coast deliver economic output of $25bn per annum by 2030


AWEA unveils report on growth of US offshore wind industry. (Credit: Pixabay/enriquelopezgarre)

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has unveiled its new report, dubbed ‘US Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment’, which predicts the economic benefits of US offshore wind industry in the coming decade.

AWEA said that along with providing clean, affordable, and reliable power, developing 300GW of offshore wind along the East Coast would support up to 83,000 jobs and deliver economic output of $25bn per annum by 2030.

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said: “Offshore wind is key to the future of clean energy development in the U.S. and will add to a thriving wind power industry that already represents the largest source of renewable energy in the country.

“The offshore wind industry will create tens of thousands of jobs and provide billions of dollars to the economy, while delivering on its enormous untapped potential to power major population centers up and down the East Coast.”

AWEA report estimates annual economic output from US offshore wind industry

According to market projections, 200 to 300GW of offshore wind capacity is expected to be operational by 2030, supported by around $57bn investment in the US economy.

The AWEA report estimates that large-scale offshore wind development would create up to 45,000 jobs by 2025 and 83,000 jobs by 2030, subject to offshore wind build and supply chain growth in the US.

In addition, the development, construction, and operation of US offshore wind projects would contribute to annual economic output, totalling around $14bn in 2025 and $25bn in 2030.

States along the East Coast, including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia are driving demand for offshore wind, and are aiming to procure offshore wind capacity totalling 25.4GW before 2035.

According to the AWEA report, the land-based wind industry has increased from 100 domestic manufacturing facilities and 50,000 jobs in 2007 to more than 500 facilities and 114,000 jobs in present.

In 2019, the land-based wind power has increased to more than 100GW of operating capacity, and offshore wind is anticipated to expand in similar fashion, facilitating port revitalisation and vessel construction.

Kiernan said: “State leaders are seeing the environmental and economic promise of offshore wind and are stepping in to provide the vision and policies to help this industry quickly achieve scale.

“Offshore wind, following on the rapid proliferation of land-based wind over the past decade, is positioned to achieve significant growth and deliver jobs and economic output along the East Coast and throughout the rest of the country.”