On October 31, The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that it had taken a further step towards holding the first-ever offshore wind lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico by identifying the two Wind Energy Areas (WEAs).
The first WEA is approximately 24 nautical miles (nm) off the coast of Galveston, TX, with a total area of 508,265 acres. The second WEA is located approximately 56 nm off the Lake Charles, LA coast with a total area of 174,275 acres.
In August 2021, the Department of the Interior stated that it would assess potential opportunities to “advance clean energy development in the US Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). It is part of the government’s plan to see the deployment of 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
So far this year there have been successful Lease Sales offshore the Carolinas and in the New York Bight. Looking forward, a Floating Wind Lease Sale is planned for California next month - the first floating wind auction for US waters. The Administration is also exploiting the possibilities for offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine, Oregon and Hawaii.
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