Salazar seeks offshore wind boost as European market soars

Not so in Europe.

The European Wind Energy Association reports Monday that the European offshore wind market grew by 54 percent in 2009 as eight wind farms -- totaling 199 turbines -- were connected to the grid. Seventeen projects are under construction, over half of them in U.K. waters, the group reports.

Overall, Europe has 38 offshore wind farms spinning off the coasts of nine countries, with the U.K. and Denmark leading the way.