A U.S. survey indicates there’s strong backing for offshore wind power as a future source of energy, at least in the state of Delaware.
The survey, conducted by University of Delaware researchers, showed more than 90 percent of the 949 Delaware residents polled voiced support for an offshore wind option, in which wind turbines as tall as 40-story buildings would be erected to generate electricity. Fewer than 10 percent of participants voted for an expansion of coal or natural gas power at current prices.
The survey’s authors – Jeremy Firestone and Willett Kempton, both marine policy scientists on the faculty of UD’s College of Marine and Earth Studies; and doctoral student Andrew Krueger – said the 16-page booklet-sized questionnaire was mailed to 2,000 Delaware residents. Of the 1,839 valid mailings to Delaware addresses, 949 were completed.
“Based on our results, Delaware could become the Denmark of the United States when it comes to relying on offshore wind power as a major energy source,” Firestone said. “Delawareans are amazingly supportive of it.”
The scientists will survey out-of-state visitors later this year to determine how an offshore wind farm might affect tourism.
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