The United States has unveiled a roadmap for its offshore wind power plan to put seven wind farms up for auction by 2025

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The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled plans to expand offshore wind development off the U.S. coast, sharply increasing the need for investments in the nation’s energy transition.

Speaking Wednesday at the U.S. Clean Energy Offshore Wind Conference in Boston, U.S. Interior Secretary Ellen DeBhalland said:

“We have ambitious goals to achieve a clean energy economy.”

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Harland calls the administration’s plan a road map that lays out the direction of development and how the U.S. government plans to move toward clean energy by 2030, a timeline for seven coastal zones to be tendered and developed.

 

The U.S. government is currently considering selling development rights in the Carolinas, California, Oregon, New York, the mid-Atlantic, Maine and the Gulf coast, with the arctic coast likely to be the only area where wind farms won’t be built. In all, the Interior Department expects as many as seven offshore wind farms to be open for sale by 2025.

In fact, the offshore wind farm plan described by Harland was proposed by the White House in late March. At that time, the White House to offshore wind projects included in the biden clean energy, put forward deployed 2030 years ago 30 gw (gw) offshore wind power project, it will bring more than 12 billion dollars of investment to the United States each year, creating tens of thousands of high income jobs, including more than 44000 production personnel and nearly 33000 auxiliary support personnel.

 

Harland’s latest speech offers the clearest glimpse yet of the ADMINISTRATION’s vision of a future of offshore wind development. Unlike her announcement in March, she gave a range of specific locations for future offshore wind projects.

There are currently only two small wind farms in the waters off the east coast of the United States, but the United States is planning to catch up with China, the United Kingdom and other countries in harnessing strong, steady offshore gusts to bring clean electricity to the American economy.

Bank of America said the global stock market could permanently lose about 5% of its value, or $2.3 trillion, as climate policies are reworked, and corporate earnings in some sectors could be hit hard.

At the same time, the demand for energy transition investments will grow to more than $5 trillion a year, creating new investment opportunities, noted Haim Israel and others at the bank. For the world to decarbonize its economy, he says, more than 1,000 gigawatts of new energy capacity must be added annually over the next 30 years.

Data show that wind power generation is one of the most mature renewable energy technologies, which has the conditions for large-scale development and industrialization development prospects.

The administration’s offshore wind plans could create “tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs, revitalize coastal communities and provide a vast supply of reliable and reliable clean energy,” Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Energy Association (ACP), said in a statement.

Erik Milito, president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in the United States:

“Providing a reliable and predictable roadmap for offshore wind opportunities will help drive critical investments in supply chains, ports and workers.”

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is already reviewing proposals for nine offshore wind projects in leases along the East Coast that could provide 19 GIGawatts of potential renewable energy. The agency is racing to identify ocean areas off the US continental shelf that can be leased — in response to demands from renewable energy developers for more wind sites.

Wind power plans may also be blocked

Amanda Lefton, director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said:

“We are working to facilitate a range of projects that will build confidence in the offshore wind industry while at the same time we want to minimise potential conflicts.”

He was referring to the conflict between environmental groups and fishing interests concerned about the government’s plans and the development of offshore wind power.

Fishing companies have complained in recent days that such offshore wind projects will make it harder for fishermen to catch valuable seafood such as lobsters. Conservation groups also worry that large wind turbines could kill large numbers of birds and affect Marine life.

An ENERGY Department statement said it would increase research into any potential harmful effects of wind turbines on wildlife. U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said:

“In order for Americans living in coastal areas to see the benefits of offshore wind, we must ensure that we do so while protecting the surrounding ecosystem.”

Separately, the Interior Department said it was weighing restrictions and reporting requirements for wind developers, including incentives for the use of organized labor and American-made materials. The BOEM has proposed requiring wind farm tenants to make every reasonable effort to enter into labor agreements for projects.

Finally, it is worth noting that the wind initiative is in line with the U.S. government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions, which is consistent with efforts to prevent the global average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

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