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U.S. aiming to hold up to seven offshore wind auctions by 2025

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. plans to hold up to seven offshore wind auctions within the subsequent 4 years, together with in areas which have but to be developed reminiscent of off the coast of California and within the Gulf of Mexico, a Biden administration official mentioned on Wednesday.

The announcement comes because the administration is trying to bolster the nascent trade as a part of a plan to handle local weather change by decarbonizing the facility sector by 2035.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the division of the Interior Department that oversees offshore wind allowing, will hold up to seven lease gross sales by 2025 within the Gulf of Maine, Gulf of Mexico, and off the coasts of California, the Carolinas and Oregon, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland mentioned throughout a speech at an trade occasion in Boston.

The administration can be pursuing gross sales within the New York Bight, an space of shallow waters between New Jersey and Long Island, New York, and the Central Atlantic. Thus far most offshore wind leases have been issued for waters off the coast of Northeastern states.

“We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy and Interior is meeting the moment,” Haaland mentioned on the American Clean Power Association’s wind power convention.

President Joe Biden earlier this 12 months set a purpose to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power — sufficient to energy 10 million properties — by 2030. BOEM goals to overview not less than 16 offshore wind undertaking plans by 2025.

That build-out could be extraordinarily fast for a nation that solely permitted its first commercial-scale offshore wind farm this 12 months.

In her speech, Haaland mentioned the administration would decide within the coming weeks about what could be the nation’s second main undertaking, Orsted’s (ORSTED.CO) South Fork wind farm in waters between Rhode Island and Long Island.

Reporting by Nichola Groom;
Editing by Sandra Maler

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