Harnessing the Wind: How to Advance Wind Power Offshore

Issue Brief
July 23, 2019

Offshore wind is taking off along America’s coastlines, promising healthier air as well as thousands of well-paying clean energy jobs. This new power source is a critical component of U.S. efforts to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent the worst impacts of climate change to land and ocean life.

Yet even with its immense long-term benefits, offshore wind power, like all types of energy development, poses risks to its immediate environment and must be developed responsibly.

Harnessing the Wind outlines how we can tap into the enormous wind power potential off the United States coastline in a smart way, protective of ocean life. Developed in consultation with other environmental organizations, the guide identifies key challenges and proposes actions to avoid, minimize, and mitigate wildlife impacts.