Big news: Today, live-streaming for another half hour, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is helping us launch our new report with Center for American Progress and The Center for the Next Generation: “Regional Energy, National Solutions.”
The new report responds to a recent vision laid out by the American Petroleum Institute, which suggested clean energy be put on the back burner in favor of aggressive oil and gas drilling, both on shore and off, and coal mining. In contrast, offshore wind is an ideal technology that could contribute substantially to the sustained, long-term energy demands of the Atlantic Coast states. Developing just 54 gigawatts of offshore wind in Atlantic waters would generate $200 billion in economic activity and create 43,000 permanent, well-paid technical jobs, in addition to displacing the annual output of 52 coal-fired power plants
The report comes at an important time. As voters contemplate who will occupy the White House and Congress in the years ahead, it’s important that the United States enact a long-term strategy to achieve climate stability, economic prosperity, and energy security by using the unique assets of each region of the country, and choosing smart places for investment in multiple forms of energy and fuel.
During his keynote address, Gov. Chafee gave a keynote address about the importance of collaborative efforts to advance clean energy across the country. Chafee then participated in a panel discussion with John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority and Anne Kelly of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
"The key was that collaborative effort," Chafee said of his state’s work planning for offshore wind. "We are very methodical in our approach to wind energy off our coasts. We know those finite [fossil fuel] resources will be going up in price at some point. So we in New England are looking at alternatives."
This is why the work of the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project is so vital. By working together, we can create jobs, boost American energy independence, and expand America’s manufacturing sector with offshore wind.