Offshore wind turbines may become the primary source of renewable energy for gulf-bordering states. Studies conducted by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) indicate that wind energy may be the best renewable energy source for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Prospects of wind turbines: Analyzing offshore renewable energy sources
Researchers from the NREL were tasked with investigating technologies that could produce renewable energy. The studied options include offshore wind, wave, tidal, ocean current, ocean-based solar, and ocean thermal technologies. The prospect that showed the best potential is offshore wind because it is suitable for the scale of development required to power Gulf states. It is also the source that offers the most significant resource potential at around 508 gigawatts.
Economic feasibility of offshore wind technologies
In a second study by the NREL, researchers were tasked with determining the economic feasibility of developing offshore wind plants in Gulf states. The study showed that offshore wind was a feasible technology and identified six specific locations that were highly suitable for this type of development. Three locations, namely Port Isabel, Port Arthur, and Pensacola, were selected for further investigation to create a more detailed cost analysis for future offshore wind sites. Projected costs from the study show that some of these locations may reach the threshold of economic viability within the next ten years.
The study also provided positive numbers regarding the potential of job creation and gross domestic production that would be supported through construction as well as ongoing operations and maintenance. One of the offshore wind plants could account for 4470 construction jobs and over 150 permanent positions and could contribute $445 million in GDP during construction that would generate over $14 million in GDP annually.
NREL researcher and lead author Walt Musial has said that the oil and gas industries in the Gulf could capitalize on new energy opportunities by leveraging their ocean-based capabilities to expand business.
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