According to officials, this will create 77,000 jobs and reduce carbon emissions by 78 million tonnes.
The Biden administration previously promised to build 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. On Wednesday, the administration revealed how it was going to meet that lofty goal. Speaking at a wind power conference in Boston, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland unveiled a plan that would see a series of wind farms developed along the country’s east and west coasts as well as in the Gulf of Mexico.
Haaland says the Interior Department plans to conduct lease sales for seven potential farms by 2025 in California, Oregon, New York, Maine, the Mid-Atlantic and off the Gulf of Mexico coasts. Officials did not say how much electricity the farms were expected to produce, but said the seven potential farms could cut carbon emissions by 78 million tonnes and create 77,000 jobs.
“The Interior Department is preparing an ambitious road map 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,” said Hollande. ” “We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy and Interior is meeting the moment.”
The administration’s plan for 30 gigawatt-worth of wind power by 2030 will bring it in line with Europe, which has 25 gigawatts of offshore wind power spread across 12 countries. Currently, offshore wind power produces 42 MW of electricity in the US.
It is the latest in a set of steps taken by the Biden administration to clear America’s path to carbon neutrality. Department of Energy last monthThat solar power will produce 40% of US electricity by 2035, up from 3% in 2020. In May, the administration approved America’s first offshore windfarm, about 12 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. In addition to building 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity, the Biden administration also plans to approve 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable energy by 2025.
The biggest climate action will be part of two infrastructure bills Congress is currently rolling out, including a clean energy tax credit system and tariffs for methane-emitting oil and gas companies.
Wednesday’s announcement, or COP26, where world leaders will meet in Glasgow to negotiate climate agreements. The Paris Agreement, in which signatories committed to reducing emissions to keep global warming below 2 degrees, was signed in 2015 at COP21.