Biden Administration Announces Series Of Initiatives To Boost The U.S. Offshore Wind Industry
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On March 29, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a series
of “whole of government” initiatives to boost the U.S.
offshore wind industry. Numerous commercial scale projects are
currently at various points in the permitting process for
installation in the U.S. northeast. The Administration recently
green-lighted the first commercial scale project off the coast of
Massachusetts when it approved the Construction Operations Plan of
Vineyard Wind on March 8, 2021.
Although the announcement contains primarily U.S. Government
goals, it also highlights a number of grant and funding
- The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
announced a new priority “Wind Energy Area” in the New
York Bight-an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the
New Jersey coast with a proposed lease sale in late 2021 or early
- The Departments of Interior, Energy, and Commerce announced a
shared goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
This will require approval by BOEM of 16 Construction Operations
Plans and new opening of new lease areas.
- BOEM published in the Federal Register on March 30a
Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for
Ocean Wind, LLC in New Jersey putting it in line to become the
United States’ third commercial scale offshore wind project
(the first two are Vineyard Wind and South Fork (Rhode
- Referenced the first wind turbine installation vessel being
constructed in Texas for Dominion Energy and set as a goal the
construction of between four and six such vessels in the United
States. Currently, no such U.S.-flag vessels exist, and the first
projects are all likely to be installed by foreign vessels.
- $230 million in grants for port authorities and
other applicants for port and intermodal infrastructure-related
projects (through the Department of Transportation Maritime
- Access to $3 billion in U.S. Government guarantee availability
for the innovative projects in the offshore wind industry (through
the DOE Loan Programs Office).
- The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,
created by the DOE and the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority, announced the award of $8 million to 15
offshore wind research and development projects that were selected
through a competitive process.
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