How much energy can offshore wind farms in the U.S. produce? New study sheds light

Offshore wind turbine blades. Credit: Julie Lundquist/CU Boulder

As summer approaches, electricity demand surges in the U.S., as homes and businesses crank up the air conditioning. To meet the rising need, many East Coast cities are banking on offshore wind projects the country is building in the Atlantic Ocean.

For electric grid operators, knowing how much wind power these offshore turbines can harvest is critical, but making accurate predictions can be difficult. A team of CU Boulder scientists and their collaborators are working to tackle the challenge.
In a paper published March 14 in Wind Energy Science, a team …

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