WASHINGTON, DC (NV) – The Biden government plans to hold seven offshore wind power plant tenders over the next four years and will expand its renewable energy ambitions in undeveloped areas such as off the coast of California and the Gulf of Mexico, according to the report. Reuters reported on Wednesday, October 13.
The announcement comes as the US government seeks to promote this new industry as part of a plan to tackle climate change, in eliminating carbon emissions in the electricity industry by 2035.
The Federal Oceanic Energy Administration (BOEM), an agency within the Department of the Interior responsible for overseeing the issuance of permits for offshore wind power systems, says there are up to seven tenders by 2025. in the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico and off the coasts of California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Oregon, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a speech in Boston.
The federal government is also considering bidding for wind power in the New York Bight area, the shallow water between the coast of New Jersey and Long Island, New York.
To date, most offshore wind power generation contracts have been awarded in offshore Northeastern states.
President Joe Biden set a goal earlier this year to develop 30 gigawatts of electricity with offshore wind, enough to power 10 million homes, by 2030.
BOEM aims to review at least 16 offshore wind project plans by 2025.
Minister Haaland said the administration will make a decision in the coming weeks on the second-largest federal project, the South Fork wind power plant in the waters between Rhode Island and Long Island. (MPL)
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