U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently introduced legislation to provide critical financial incentives  for the investment and production of offshore wind energy. Co-sponsored by a group of bipartisan senators,  the "Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act" is designed to provide the offshore wind industry with  enhanced stability through an investment tax credit for the first 3,000 MW installed. These provisions are vital, according to Brown, because of the long lead times required to permit and construct wind turbines offshore, compared to  onshore wind energy. "Offshore wind energy could not only bring thousands of new manufacturing jobs to our  state, but would also provide renewable, clean energy for Ohio," said Brown.

More information can be found on the Sherrod Brown Web site.