By 2025, the Biden administration hopes to develop 7 offshore wind farms, including one off Oregon coast, with a goal of developing 7 windfarms
The Biden administration said on Wednesday that it will assist with the development of up to seven offshore wind farms on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico as it prepares to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore solar energy by 2030, enough energy to power more than 10 million homes.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said at a wind power conference in Boston that her administration hopes to obtain lease sales by 2025 for projects off the coasts of Maine, New York, and the mid-Atlantic, as well as the Carolinas, California, Oregon, the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, including the United States.
If approved and built, the projects could save about 78 million metric tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, according to officials.
The Interior Department is laying out an ambitious road map as we advance the administration's ambitions to combat climate change, create decent-paying jobs, and accelerate the nation' s transition to a cleaner energy future, Haaland stated. Interior is meeting the challenge, Interior said. We have big ambitions to achieve a clean energy economy, and Interior has met the moment.
In addition to offshore wind, the Interior Department is working with other federal agencies to boost renewable energy production on public lands, according to Haaland, with a goal of at least 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable electricity from wind and solar power by 2025.
According to Haaland and Amanda Lefton, director of the Departments Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, officials hope to minimize conflicting interests with fishing organizations and other ocean users as much as possible. This means we'll work early and often with all stakeholders before identifying any new wind energy zones, Lefton said in a statement.
President Joe Biden has stated his intention to install 30 gigawatts, or 30,000 megawatt hours, of offshore wind power in the United States by 2030. Meeting the target could result in more than 44,000 jobs for more and 33,000 others in related employment, according to the White House.
The Bureau completed its review of a construction and operation Plan for the Vineyard Wind project off the Massachusetts coast this year. The agency is reviewing nine additional projects, including the South Fork wind farm near New Yorks Long Island and the Ocean Wind project off New Jersey.
Vineyard Wind is expected to produce about 800 megawatts of power, while South Fork will produce 132 megavolts. Ocean Wind, New Jersey's largest project, has a capacity of 1,100 megawatts, enough energy to power 500,000 homes.
The administration has stated a goal to complete the 13 other federally funded initiatives by 2025.
The ocean energy agency has received aid for offshore wind projects in shallow waters near Long Island and New Jersey. A recent study shows the area could house up to 25,000 development and construction jobs by 2030, according to Interior.