In this map you see the wind energy potential around the world. Wind is a bountiful resource all over, especially in coastal areas, where a lot of people live.
IMAGE: Wind power class is rated on a 1–7 scale, with darker colors representing more energy. A class of 1 is defined as average wind speeds less than 12.5 mph at 50 meters above the land. A class of 7 is average wind speeds above 19.7 mph at 50 meters.
Offshore wind power is still in its infancy in the United States, and is controversial in many places, including among leading environmental organizations. However, as part of a diversified portfolio of renewable energy sources, it is an important idea to discuss.