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U.S. identifies possible wind power areas off Oregon, Atlantic coasts -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A crane hangs above the initial jacket support structure that was installed in support of a turbine. It is located off Block Island, Rhode Island. July 27, 2015.REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) – The Biden administration identified Wednesday new offshore areas that could be developed off the coasts Oregon, several central Atlantic States and other states. This is the latest step in its efforts to boost the nascent U.S. wind industry.

Offshore wind forms a major pillar in President Joe Biden’s strategy to combat climate change. He plans on decarbonizing America’s power sector by 2035, and then the whole economy by 2050.

Wednesday’s announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of Interior is the first in a series of steps to designate areas for auction to developers of offshore wind farms.

Two areas were identified by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as possible lease areas off the coast of Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest. These two areas are approximately 12 nautical miles away from each other in southern and central Oregon.

This agency oversees offshore wind development and also identified six areas (or 3.9 million acres) between Delaware, North Carolina, and Georgia. These areas lie approximately 20 miles from the shore.

Most of the offshore wind developments in America have been made in the Northeast. But, the Biden Administration aims to keep up to seven leases in place by 2025, in locations such as the Gulf of Mexico.

BOEM will consider input from industry, the public and states and tribe governments to narrow down areas that have been identified.

BOEM indicated that public comments will be accepted on call areas within 60 days, ending on June 28.