Biden administration outlines “ambitious” plans for coastal wind farms

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The Biden administration plans to identify and lease federal waters along seven coastal areas to offshore wind power developers over the next few years, Interior Secretary Deb Hollande said. announced Wednesday.

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why it matters: The new plan constitutes an aggressive push by the federal government to reach its goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind generation capacity in US waters by 2030.

  • If implemented, the plan would see the development of wind farms along nearly the entire US coastline and would constitute the first long-term strategy for generating electricity from offshore turbines. new York Times noted.

big picture: The administration is exploring wind leasing agreements in Oregon, California, the Gulf of Mexico, the Carolinas, the Central Atlantic, the Gulf of Maine, as well as the New York Bight — a small stretch of ocean between Long Island and New Jersey.

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Flashback: The administration has already taken other steps to promote offshore wind power, including approval in May of the long-proposed Vineyard wind project off the Massachusetts coast.

What are they saying: “The Interior Department is preparing an ambitious roadmap as we advance the administration’s plans to combat climate change, create well-paying jobs and accelerate the country’s transition to a clean energy future,” Hollande said in a press release. Huh.”

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Between the lines: Identifying potential areas for this ambitious plan does not guarantee that the projects will be successful.

  • Many obstacles remain, including opposition from the fishing industry and coastal landowners.

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