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The gross offshore wind capacity in the US – within 50 nautical miles – is 4,150 GW, approximately 4x the current electricity generating capacity of the whole US electrical power system.
The 28 coastal and Great Lakes States in the continental US use 78% of the nation’s electricity.
The number of people working in the UK’s offshore sector grew from 700 in 2007 to around 3,200 in 2011.
As of mid-2012, the UK has 568 installed offshore wind turbines, totaling 1,858 MW.
The first offshore wind farm was built in 1991, 2 km off Vindeby, Denmark: 11 turbines, totaling 5 MW.