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      Report touts benefits of East Coast offshore winds

      A study by an environmental group says offshore wind power in Atlantic waters could supply nearly half the current electricity generation of the East Coast.
      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A study by an environmental group says offshore wind power in Atlantic waters could supply nearly half the current electricity generation of the East Coast.

      The Oceana study said Tuesday an emerging offshore wind industry would create between 133,000 and 212,000 jobs annually in the U.S. -- more than three times the estimated future job creation through expanded offshore oil and gas.

      The authors of the study said they looked at potential offshore wind tracts 3 to 24 miles off the East Coast in depths of 30 meters or less and used conservative estimates to arrive at their conclusions.

      Many of the assumptions are based on experience in Europe's advanced offshore wind industry.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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