During a government-sponsored forum today, the US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland joined the Secretaries of Energy, Commerce, and Transportation along with representatives from states, the offshore wind industry, and members of the labor community to identify solutions to the greatest challenges facing the development of U.S. offshore wind.
The event included a commitment by Interior, Energy and Commerce to establish a target to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, which is expected to create nearly 80,000 jobs.
“For generations, we’ve put off the transition to clean energy and now we’re facing a climate crisis,” said Haaland. She explained that climate change doesn’t discriminate in where major weather events happen, but some communities are better able to rebuild than others and because of that, “the climate crisis disproportionately impacts communities of color and low-income families,” she said.
“As our country faces the interlocking challenges of a global pandemic, economic downturn, racial injustice, and the climate crisis – we must transition to a brighter future for everyone,” Haaland concluded.
New York Bight
At today’s event, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is part of the Interior announced the final Wind Energy Areas (WEA) in the New York Bight – about 800,000 acres of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast that could be used to build offshore wind farms. The WEAs are adjacent to the greater metropolitan Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, which is home to more than 20 million people, representing the largest metropolitan population center in the United States and a significant energy demand.
BOEM will now initiate an environmental review, with public input, on these areas in federal waters for potential offshore wind leasing.
“Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to making this a reality. The New York Bight can play a central role in fighting