For Immediate Release: Monday, July 31, 2023
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Central Atlantic Wind Lease Sales: A Positive Boost for Coastal States and Beyond
Washington, D.C. - National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) finalized three new offshore Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Central Atlantic, offshore Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia:
“With offshore wind opportunities on the rise, the states along the Central Atlantic coast are positioned to become key players in the next wave of offshore wind hubs. The benefits of this development extend beyond the local level, with significant advantages rippling across our nation. Offshore wind is a national endeavor, and as more offshore wind leases are secured and new American offshore wind projects diversify geographically, the national supply chain stands to reap even greater rewards.
"We encourage BOEM to continue their progress in expanding offshore wind opportunities, including in areas along the mid-Atlantic. NOIA successfully advocated for language in the Inflation Reduction Act to overturn the 10-year moratorium on offshore wind leasing in the area stretching from North Carolina down through the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, last year's remarkable $315 million Carolina Long Bay offshore wind lease sale highlights the region's appeal for offshore wind investments. The momentum for offshore wind is undoubtedly growing in a rising number of coastal states. Policymakers should seize this opportunity through continued offshore wind leasing, including future lease sales along the mid- and Central Atlantic."
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment.