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Report: New Hampshire's Coast Could Provide Next Wave of Jobs

December 3, 2010

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - New Hampshire's seacoast may be only about 14 miles long, but thousands of new manufacturing jobs could blow into New Hampshire's economy with offshore wind projects. That's according to a new report that shows that the Atlantic coast is an untapped resource ripe for the taking by using wind turbines to harness clean energy.

Report co-author Curtis Fisher is regional director for the National Wildlife Federation NWF). He says the report is positive.

"We're very excited about the opportunity that offshore wind provides to reduce pollution, create energy independence, create lots of new jobs in manufacturing and operation and maintenance, very good paying jobs."

Fisher says that although there are high costs associated with starting up the wind projects, once the turbines are in place, wind energy has no fuel costs.

Sara O'Hare with Environment New Hampshire says that even with our small coastal region, power potential for the wind turbines is huge.

"We could generate enough power, enough electricity to power roughly 55,000 homes. So, it's a really vast opportunity that we should be taking advantage of."

According to the report, the Atlantic states could generate $200 billion dollars in new economic activity and over 43,000 high paying permanent jobs if 54 of the available 212 giga-watts of offshore wind energy were harnessed. The report, "Offshore Wind is the Next Clean Energy & Jobs Wave" is online at www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center.aspx.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH