Oct 13 (Businesshala) – The US plans to hold seven offshore wind auctions over the next four years, including areas that have yet to be developed such as off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico, a Biden administration official said on Wednesday.
The announcement comes at a time when the administration is looking to boost the nascent industry as part of a plan to address climate change by decarbonizing the power sector by 2035.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the division of the Interior Department that oversees offshore wind permitting, will conduct seven lease sales along the Gulf of Maine, Gulf of Mexico and California coasts by 2025. Carolinas and Oregon, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said during a speech at an industry event in Boston.
The administration is also selling the New York Bight, New Jersey and Long Island, an area of shallow water between New York and the Central Atlantic. Thus far, most of the offshore wind belts have been issued to the waters off the coast of the northeastern states.
“We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy and Interior is meeting the moment,” Haaland said at the American Clean Power Association’s wind power conference.
President Joe Biden earlier this year set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power – enough to power 10 million homes – by 2030. BOEM aims to review at least 16 offshore wind project plans by 2025.
The construction would be extremely rapid for a nation that only this year allowed its first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.
In his speech, Haaland said the administration would make decisions in the coming weeks on what would become the country’s second major project, the Orsted (ORSTED.CO) South Fork Wind Farm, in the waters between Rhode Island and Long Island.