Mitsubishi and US utilities to look into Gulf of Mexico offshore wind potential

A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp and two Louisiana utilities have agreed to evaluate offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico.

Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi-owned Diamond Generating Corporation, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans for the evaluation and potential early development of offshore wind in state waters off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf of Mexico, which is shallow, is home to a robust oil industry.

Earlier this year, governor John Bel Edwards launched the Louisiana Climate Action Plan to help lead the state to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Under the plan, the state is aiming for 5GW of offshore wind by 2035.

Chris Wissemann, CEO of Diamond Offshore Wind, said: “Louisiana has a tremendous opportunity to develop an offshore wind industry that services the entire country, and through this project, we hope to accelerate its development, create jobs, provide a renewable source of power to Louisiana customers, and help Louisiana meet its climate goals.”