California Offshore Wind Sale Puts U.S. at Floating Wind Forefront
Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) concluded the first U.S. offshore wind lease sale along the Pacific Coast: “The California lease sale gives the U.S. a chance to lead the emerging floating wind sector. Floating wind technology is in its early stages but it is an advanced technology that will lead to strong growth in the deployment of offshore wind. The timely scaling and deployment of floating wind technology will be vital in meeting U.S. and global renewable energy goals. The U.S. stands well-positioned to develop our deepwater wind resources and become a global hub of floating wind innovation. Offshore wind is a national endeavor with substantial benefits to our energy, jobs, and investment outlook. “We are only at step one of U.S. floating wind leadership. The success of American offshore wind depends on further collaboration among stakeholders. Specifically, continued engagement between BOEM, NOAA, the military and other oceanic users will help ensure that sufficient flexibility is provided, investment is promoted, and project impediments are avoided.”
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