Offshore Wind in the US Gulf of Mexico: Regional Economic Modeling and Site-Specific Analyses

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The goal of this study is to assess offshore wind energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and to quantify its technical and economic potential in order to inform Federal and GOM state strategic energy planning over the next decade. The objectives are to: describe site-specific and regional benefits and challenges of deploying offshore wind in the GOM and discuss the current research to mitigate challenges; review and quantify the wind resource capacity and energy potential in the GOM region for each GOM state including state and federal waters, distance from shore, and water depth; perform geospatial regional economic assessments of levelized cost of energy (LCOE), levelized avoided cost of energy (LACE), and net value (Section 3.4.2); evaluate three representative hypothetical locations for site-specific analysis; perform a high-level assessment of local supporting infrastructure availability, including existing services (e.g., fabrication facilities, vessels, ports) and possible grid connection options; assess the regional economic impacts of a 600 megawatt (MW) offshore wind power plant installed at a representative site in the GOM.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages96
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Prepared for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) under BOEM Agreement No. M17PG00012 by NREL

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-75027

Other Report Number

  • BOEM 2020-018


  • deployment
  • energy potential
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • levelized avoided cost of energy
  • levelized cost of energy
  • net value
  • offshore wind
  • wind resource capacity


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