New wind farms will be developed on the east and west coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico, based on a plan announced under the Biden administration.
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The project is part of President Joe Biden’s plan to introduce 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and generate enough electricity to power more than 10 million households.
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland hopes her division will lease by 2025 off Maine, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, and Carolina, California, Oregon, and the Gulf of Mexico. He said he was. The project is part of Biden’s plan to address global warming, creating jobs for up to 77,000 people while avoiding approximately 78 million metric tons of global warming carbon dioxide emissions, officials said.
“The Home Office is presenting an ambitious roadmap to tackle climate change, create high-paying jobs and accelerate the government’s plan to accelerate the transition of the nation to a cleaner energy future.” Harland said. “We have the big goal of achieving a clean energy economy, and the interior is at that moment.”
In addition to offshore wind, the Ministry of Interior is working with other federal agencies to increase renewable energy production on public lands, targeting at least 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable energy from wind and solar power by 2025. is.
Amanda Lefton, director of Harland and the Department of Marine Energy Management, said authorities want to reduce potential conflicts with fishing groups and other marine users as much as possible. “This means engaging with all stakeholders early and frequently before identifying a new wind energy sector,” Lefton said in a statement.
Commercial fisheries say offshore wind projects planned off the east coast will make it difficult to harvest valuable seafood species such as scallops and red-spotted shrimp. Some conservation groups are afraid that large turbines will kill thousands of birds.
Biden has set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (30,000 megawatts) of offshore wind power in the United States by 2030. Achieving the goal can mean more than 44,000 workers and 33,000 other related employment jobs.
Earlier this year, the agency completed a review of the construction and operational plans for the Vineyard Wind project, 15 miles from the Massachusetts coast. The agency is considering nine additional projects, including the South Fork Wind Farm near Long Island in New York and the Ocean Wind Project off New Jersey.
Vineyard Wind is expected to generate about 800 MW and SouthFork is expected to generate about 132 MW. The largest project, Ocean Wind, has a total capacity of 1,100 MW, enough energy to power 500,000 households across New Jersey.
The administration has promised to handle 13 other projects currently under federal review by 2025.
The Marine Energy Agency states that it is targeting offshore wind projects in shallow waters near Long Island and New Jersey. According to a recent study, the region can support up to 25,000 development and construction jobs by 2030, the Ministry of Interior said.
Heather Jishal, a former climate adviser to President Barack Obama, who heads the American Clean Power Association, a renewable energy group, said Biden’s offshore wind goals are “ambitious but achievable.” Wind power is an important part of the goal of reaching 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035, she said.
In a related announcement, the Department of Energy investigated the potential risks of offshore wind power to birds, bats and marine mammals, and found commercial fish and marine invertebrate populations at offshore wind farms on the east coast. He said he was spending $ 11.5 million investigating changes.
The division will spend $ 2 million on visual and acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and seabirds at potential wind farms on the west coast.