Biden administration announces major wind farm push along US coast

  • Oct 14, 2021
  • The Telegraph

In addition to offshore wind, the Interior Department is working with other federal agencies to increase renewable energy production on public lands, Ms Haaland said, with a goal of at least 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable energy from wind and solar power by 2025.

Ms Haaland and Amanda Lefton, director of department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said officials hope to reduce potential conflicts with fishing groups and other ocean users as much as possible. "This means we will engage early and often with all stakeholders prior to identifying any new wind energy areas," Ms Lefton said in a statement.

Commercial fishing businesses have said planned offshore wind projects off the East Coast would make it difficult to harvest valuable seafood species such as scallops and lobsters. Some conservation groups also fear that big turbines will kill thousands of birds

Biden has set a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts, or 30,000 megawatts, of offshore wind power in the United States by 2030. Meeting the target could mean jobs for more than 44,000 workers and for 33,000 others in related employment, the White House said.