Harnessing the vast potential of deepwater, offshore wind energy could create more than 10,000 jobs in my state. The cooperative, cutting-edge research among academic and industry partners has made these investments possible.
Considering that the majority of the U.S. population lives in coastal states, the potential return on these investments is enormous. Our coastal states use 78 percent of the electricity in the country. Maine’s offshore wind and tidal resources are close to the 55 million people who live in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — 18 percent of the total U.S. population. This power could provide an affordable source of renewable energy directly to the country’s population centers on the coast and diversify our nation’s electricity supply.
These projects have been compared to the early days of America’s space program, and rightly so. The potential is great, and the need is urgent.
The United States must not lose the global race to develop these technologies. By supporting the research and the public-private partnerships represented by the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project and Aqua Ventus I, we can build a new clean energy economy, with thriving industries and the jobs of the future.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.