According to research that was published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, countries in Europe and Asia have been reaping the benefits of offshore wind farms for years. Meanwhile, the United States has been reluctant to invest in those types of resources. That is all about to change with the debut of America’s first offshore wind farm that is located near the coast of Rhode Island’s Block Island. Offshore wind farms consist of wind turbines and supporting platforms that collect the strong breezes that characteristically flow across major waterways. The three types of offshore wind power plants are shallow water, transitional water and deep water offshore wind farms. The one that will soon be operational near Rhode Island is a deep water offshore wind farm which means that it is located at least 60 meters from shore.
High initial investment requirements and uncertain yields that are associated with offshore wind farming have traditionally made investors skittish. However, the area’s hurricane-force winds and the growing energy demand along America’s eastern seaboard makes the Rhode Island coastline an ideal launching pad for America’s offshore wind energy initiatives. A successful offshore wind farm in Rhode Island would serve as a model for future wind farms in America such as those underway in the Great Lakes and Pacific Coast regions. While there are still some environmental uncertainties about planting extra large wind farm equipment in oceans and lakes, most environmental experts believe that the benefits of harvesting free energy from offshore wind farms in America far outweigh nominal impacts to aquatic ecosystems. The main benefits include decreased dependence on fossil fuel and the creation of energy sector jobs that relate to maintenance of offshore wind energy equipment and infrastructure.
Business owners who would like to find out how their companies can operate more sustainably should contact an energy advisor at Great Eastern Energy. The progressive power company offers New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts businesses a full range of renewable energy solutions and energy cost-reduction services.