Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the waters off the Atlantic coast hold some of the country’s greatest wind energy potential, and he promised to move aggressively to develop plans to exploit the resource.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Salazar called for the creation of “renewable energy zones” to smooth development of offshore wind projects and to spur solar energy in the Southwest and onshore wind energy in the Great Plains.

“The scientists tell me that when you look at the wind energy potential off the Atlantic it may be greater than we have onshore,” Salazar said. “But what we don’t have in place at this point is the rules to move forward with energy offshore.” Read More