The Biden administration intends to develop offshore wind energy capacity in the United States quickly, with up to seven new offshore lease sales possible by 2025. The move was initially reported by The New York Times and announced by United States Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking into leasing sales along the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific, including the Gulf of Maine, the New York Bight, the central Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the Carolinas, California, and Oregon, according to Haaland.
“The Interior Department is laying out an ambitious roadmap as we advance the Administration’s plans to confront climate change, create good-paying jobs, and accelerate the nation’s transition to a cleaner energy future,” Haaland said in a statement. In March, the Obama administration announced a coordinated effort to boost offshore wind energy projects in the United States in order to kick-start a renewable energy revolution. The Departments of the Interior, Energy, and Commerce committed to a joint target of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2030 as part of that project, which spans many government agencies.
According to the Interior Department, achieving that target would result in the creation of approximately 80,000 employment. The Interior Department has already begun leasing some of the locations highlighted by Haaland on Wednesday. In June, the government launched a competitive lease sale for offshore wind in the New York Bight, a shallow water area between New York and New Jersey that the agency estimates could generate 7 gigawatts of energy, enough to power over 2.6 million households. The Vineyard Wind project, which is located 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, was approved by the administration in May.