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US plans 18GW tenders in Gulf of Maine and Oregon

RICHARD HEAP

May 1, 2024

The US federal government has committed to tender sites in the Gulf of Maine and off the coast of Oregon with the potential for up to 18GW of offshore wind capacity.

The Department of the Interior yesterday announced the tenders, which will be managed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Gulf of Maine area includes eight lease sites off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire with the potential for up to 15GW of offshore wind capacity, while the Oregon area includes two sites – Brookings and Coos Bay – with the potential for up to 3GW.

Deb Haaland, US interior secretary, said: “Since the start of the Biden-Harris administration, the Department of the Interior has approved the nation’s first eight commercial-scale offshore wind energy projects. Today’s announcement represents another stride in our commitment to building a greener energy future while creating jobs and supporting families.”

Elizabeth Klein, BOEM director, said: “As we move forward with offshore wind energy in Oregon and the Gulf of Maine, the BOEM remains dedicated to close collaboration with our government partners and key stakeholders.”

This follows the announcement last week that BOEM will hold 12 offshore wind leasing auctions until 2028 for sites in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific.

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