Biden Administration Swings Door Open for Offshore Wind

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 29, 2021
NOIA Contact: Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464 | jwilliams@nullnoia.org

Biden Administration Swings Door Open for Offshore Wind

Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Biden Administration announced a new priority Wind Energy Area (WEA) in the New York Bight, in addition to other offshore wind goals, milestones and critical investments:

“Today’s announcement is a win for the American people, the energy industry, and the environment. Providing new offshore wind opportunities, establishing permitting milestones, and boosting critical investments into the supply chain, ports, and workers will provide a foundation for exceptional offshore wind growth. Offshore wind is truly a generational economic and energy opportunity, and one the Biden Administration is seizing.

“While the development of Atlantic wind opportunities will provide substantial benefits to the states adjacent to lease areas, it will also lead to tremendous investment throughout the nation. In areas like the Gulf Coast, you will find steel fabricators, heavy lift vessel operators, subsea construction companies, helicopter service providers and more who built their experience in the oil and gas industry but will be vital in building offshore wind.

“We hope that the Biden Administration continues to build off the recent positive momentum for offshore wind. Adopting a regular and predictable offshore wind lease auction schedule and ensuring that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has the resources it needs to progress these ambitious goals will clear the way for a vibrant U.S. offshore wind industry.”

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