In conversation with BOEM chief Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein, the new chief at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), discusses the route ahead for offshore wind in the US.

Klein was appointed as the new director of BOEM in January and has been a member of Biden’s administration since it took office, initially serving as senior counsellor to US secretary of the interior Deb Haaland.

She has also served two previous presidents and was a key architect of the Obama administration's work to create a new offshore wind industry and leasing programme.

In the tenth episode of the Wind Power podcast, Ian Griggs, deputy editor of Windpower Monthly, talked to Klein about minimising conflict with other sea users during the site-selection stage for auctions, the likely impact of Biden’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act and whether December's offshore wind tender in California underperformed expectations.

Klein was asked whether she thinks a recent spate of whale deaths off the Atlantic coast was being leveraged to galvanise opposition to offshore wind and for her view on how the wind industry should tackle the under representation of women and people from ethnic minorities in senior roles.

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This episode was produced by Czarina Deen and researched by Craig Richard

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