Biden administration hails ‘milestone’ announcement for Gulf of Maine

The Biden administration has hailed a "milestone" achievement for offshore wind energy after the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it is formally gauging interest in about 137,000km2 in the Gulf of Maine.

US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland called the announcement a "milestone" (pic: DoI)
US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland called the announcement a "milestone" (pic: DoI)

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said: “Today’s announcement for the Gulf of Maine represents one of the many milestones that this administration has achieved to advance offshore wind development, create good-paying jobs, and lower consumer energy costs, while collaborating with our government partners, tribes and key stakeholders.”

Maine has a goal of 80% of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030. The Biden administration is seeking 30GW of offshore wind online by 2030, up from just 42MW currently installed.

The 144MW Gulf of Maine Floating Offshore Wind Research Array Gulf of Maine Floating Offshore Wind Research Array (144MW) Offshoreoff Maine, USA, North America Click to see full details is in its early planning stages and slated to come online in 2028. Publicly owned, the array is being developed by the University of Maine, Mitsubishi and RWE Group.

An auction for commercial wind leases off California, where the turbines would be floating, will be held later this year.

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