Someone just sent me this link to the US Dept. of Energy’s publication A National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States published in February 2011.
The report provides an excellent factual analysis of the huge offshore wind resource and its massive potential to produce electricity for major population centers in the US. The report also identifies the challenges involved with developing this industry from scratch with the US now ten years or more behind countries like Denmark, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands.
If you want to understand the current pathetic situation with offshore wind power development in this country, this report is a good place to start.