Wind Could Provide All US Power: Feds
Interior Dept. study sees offshore turbines generating energy
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 10:18 AM CDT
Cape Wind Associates hope to build 130 windmills over 25 miles of federal waters in Nantucket Sound. The turbines would up to 440 feet above sea level when the tallest blade is pointing up.   (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)
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(Newser) – Offshore winds are a largely untapped resource that could potentially supply the US with even more electricity than it currently needs, according to a new Interior  Department report. The report says the area off the Atlantic coast could meet more than one-fourth of the national power demand, but the fact that it omits mention of untapped oil and gas reserves has critics crying foul, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acknowledged the possible Hawaii and Pacific coastal turbine sites mentioned in the report lie "in deep waters where technology constraints are potentially significant." The report also mentions that several billion barrels' worth of oil may be buried beneath the Pacific, but cautions the research is 25 years old; advocates of the "drill, baby, drill" approach contend that updated surveys would show even larger reserves.