Biden Admin Announces Exec. Action to Boost Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico and Mid Atlantic

For immediate release: Jul 21, 2022

Media Contact: Katharine Kollins, katharinek@sewind.org 

Raleigh, N.C. - Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced executive action to boost offshore wind development opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico and across the mid- and southern Atlantic Coast. The announcement cited the Administrations’ bold goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 and the immense economic opportunity that offshore wind development will bring to the Southeast, including a domestic supply chain, a diverse workforce, good-paying jobs, and industry training programs. 

As part of the announcement, the Department of the Interior announced two draft Wind Energy Areas and an accompanying draft Environmental Assessment to consider potential offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico. The Administration will seek public input on two potential Wind Energy Areas—one off the coast of Galveston, Texas and another off the coast of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The area for review covers over 700,000 acres, with the potential to power over three million homes. 

The announcement also included directive for the Secretary of the Interior to advance clean energy development in federal waters of the costs of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina - removing uncertainty cast by the prior Administration and ensuring that that these southeast states will be able to benefit from good-paying jobs in the burgeoning offshore wind industry.

SEWC’s Katharine Kollins released the following statement regarding yesterday’s announcement: “The Southeastern Wind Coalition applauds the continued leadership of the Biden Administration to advance offshore wind development across the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast at such a critical time for the industry. Further bipartisan support and leadership is needed to ensure that the Southeast has the opportunity to capture its share of this $109B industry.”

Regarding potential development in the Gulf of Mexico, Kollins added: “Advocates for clean energy feel that there is immense potential for offshore wind development in Louisiana. The Southeastern Wind Coalition believes that the draft Wind Energy Areas and accompanying draft Environmental Assessment provide an opportunity for a more concrete line of discussion with stakeholders across the Gulf around how to maximize the economic potential in the region.” 

Kollins added the following statement regarding the offshore wind leasing moratorium: “Yesterday’s announcement provides assurance that the United State’s is committed to seeing the offshore wind industry succeed. However, further assurance is needed and the lift of the offshore wind leasing moratorium must be codified through the bipartisan amendment introduced into National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in order to guarantee that states across the Southeast can take advantage of the opportunity that exists within the offshore wind manufacturing supply chain, including billions of dollars in economic benefit and thousands of good-paying jobs.”


About SEWC

The Southeastern Wind Coalition is a 501(c)3 that works to advance the land-based and offshore wind industry in the Southeast. We focus on providing fact-based information on the economic and environmental opportunities of wind energy, and encourage solutions that result in net economic benefits to residents and ratepayers. For more information about the Southeastern Wind Coalition visit www.sewind.org.