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07-22-22 | News

DOI Reveals Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

The Department of the Interior Details Areas Designated for Offshore Wind Energy in the Gulf of Mexico
by Staff

The potential areas that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have picked could supply energy for over 3 million homes.

After President Biden called for the advancement of American offshore wind development in order to speed along the United States energy industry into renewable power, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the steps they will take to move forward with the president's ideas. Working according to the DOI is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that has located two potential spots to install wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf.

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The two areas BOEM has selected would be capable of powering over 3 million houses worth of energy and would cover about a combined million acres worth of offshore area. These areas were chosen specifically to reduce the odds of impacting costal uses and resources like fishing and marine life. BOEM Director Amanda Lefton explained the choosing of the two sites, "BOEM used the most current scientific data to analyze 30 million acres in the Call Area to find the best spaces for wind energy development. We are invested in working in partnership with states and communities to find areas that avoid or minimize conflicts with other ocean uses and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico." The sites are available for public content for 30 days from the announcement date of July 20, 2022.

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/department-interior-announces-next-steps-offshore-wind-energy-gulf-mexico

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