WASHINGTON (KLFY) — The Division of the Inside introduced its intent to evaluate potential alternatives to advance clear vitality improvement on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
This important milestone is a part of the Biden-Harris administration’s objective to create 1000’s of jobs via the deployment of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030.
“The Inside Division is dedicated to creating a strong and sustainable clear vitality economic system,” stated DOI Secretary Deb Haaland. “We all know that offshore wind improvement has the potential to create tens of 1000’s of good-paying, union jobs throughout the nation. This is a crucial first step to see what position the Gulf might play on this thrilling frontier.”
The Bureau of Ocean Vitality Administration (BOEM) will publish a Request for Curiosity (RFI) within the Federal Register on Friday, June 11 to evaluate curiosity in potential offshore wind improvement within the OCS.
The RFI will probably be centered on the Western and Central Planning Areas of the Gulf of Mexico offshore the states of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Though the first focus of the RFI is on wind vitality improvement, BOEM can also be in search of data on different renewable vitality applied sciences.
“The Biden-Harris administration has energized the offshore wind trade by asserting the first-ever nationwide offshore wind vitality objective, making a roadmap for the way forward for this revolutionary trade,” stated BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “I’m excited to see the Gulf be a possible a part of this historic effort.”
“The Gulf of Mexico has many years of offshore vitality improvement experience. Right this moment’s announcement represents step one in harnessing that experience and making use of it to the renewable vitality sector,” stated Mike Celata, regional director of BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico workplace in New Orleans. “Working straight with our companions within the Gulf, we’ll ensure that offshore renewable vitality improvement proceeds in an orderly, protected, and environmentally accountable method.”
To this point, BOEM has leased roughly 1.7 million acres within the OCS for offshore wind improvement and has 17 industrial leases on the Atlantic, from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras.
As soon as revealed the RFI will open a 45-day public remark interval to solicit indications of aggressive curiosity and extra data on potential environmental penalties and different makes use of of the proposed space. BOEM will contemplate information acquired in response to this RFI to find out subsequent steps within the renewable vitality leasing course of within the Gulf of Mexico.
As a part of this course of, BOEM will convene the Gulf of Mexico Intergovernmental Renewable Vitality Job Drive to assist coordinate planning, solicit suggestions, and alternate scientific and course of data.
BOEM will maintain its first job drive assembly on June 15. The duty drive includes members representing federal, Tribal, state, and native governments from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
For extra data together with a map depicting the RFI space, please see BOEM’s renewable energy page.