Key poll findings include:
“This poll shows that the American people see how essential this clean energy resource is,” said Stephanie McClellan, Executive Director of Turn Forward.
“Offshore wind energy is becoming an economic driver in the U.S., one that can deliver tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, boost local economies and create a more reliable and equitable energy system. Coastal residents recognize the power of offshore wind energy and want the industry to continue to grow and deliver for their local communities.”
The poll results come as the industry reaches significant milestones. The nation’s first two large-scale offshore wind projects are now sending power to the grid — South Fork Wind to New York and Vineyard Wind to Massachusetts.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project will begin its offshore construction this year and is on schedule to become the largest offshore wind project in the U.S. The first-ever offshore wind lease area in the Gulf of Mexico sold in August. Other milestones expected in 2024 include a second auction for the Gulf of Mexico as well as new lease sales off the coast of Oregon and in the central Atlantic and Gulf of Maine.
States continue to expand their commitments to offshore wind energy, including a January announcement of two new contracts for New Jersey and additional project selections expected from New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island this year.