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Exploring Ocean Wind Energy

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NOAA and BOEM - Offshore Wind is a viable source of energy capable of providing 900,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity—almost enough energy to power the entire country. Considering human and natural ocean uses while assessing offshore wind speed can help identify potential conflicts and alternatives for wind farm siting. Although there are no current offshore wind farms in development, progress is being made. Data used in the following maps show how data can help with offshore wind planning.