October 13 (Reuters) – The United States plans to hold up to seven offshore wind auctions over the next four years and expand its ambitions to areas yet to develop, such as the California coast and the Gulf of Mexico, a Biden administration official said Wednesday.
The announcement came as the administration wants to boost the emerging industry as part of a plan to address climate change by decarbonising the power sector by 2035.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Department of the Interior that oversees offshore wind permits, will hold up to seven leased sales in the Gulf of Maine in the Gulf of Mexico and on the coasts of California, Carolinas and Oregon by 2025, the Secretary of the Interior said. Deb Haaland during a speech at an industrial event in Boston.
The administration also sells in New York Bight, an area of shallow water between New Jersey and Long Island, New York, and the central Atlantic. So far, most offshore wind leases have been issued for waters off the coasts of northeastern states.
“I am so looking forward to our common future and to making so much progress that we will be unstoppable,” Haaland said at a conference on wind energy from the American Clean Forces Association.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden set a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 – enough to power 10 million homes. BOEM aims to review at least 16 offshore project plans by 2025.
That construction would be extremely quick for a nation that allowed its first offshore wind farm of commercial proportions this year.
In her speech, Haaland said that the administration will make a decision in the coming weeks on what will be the second big national project, Orsted (ORSTED.CO) South Fork wind farm in the waters between Rhode Island and Long Island.
Nicholas Groom Report; Edited by Sandra Mahler and Alistair Bell
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