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White House to urge building of wind farms in U.S. waters

Robert Besser
16 Oct 2021, 19:58 GMT+10

WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. Secretary of Interior Deborah Haaland has announced that the U.S. government will auction lease agreements for seven offshore locations to build wind power generating farms.

The sites are in the Central Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Maine, New York, and near the Carolina, California, and Oregon coasts.

The United States has begun a more aggressive push for developing offshore wind development, though it still lags behind Europe.

The U.S. government has set its sights on boosting wind power capacity to nearly 30,000 megawatts by the next decade. Europe, with the most offshore wind capacity, reportedly had nearly that figure installed last year.

The largest offshore wind projects are predominantly found along the United States' East Coast. Problems needed to be overcome include those caused by shallower waters in the Pacific, making anchoring platforms more difficult.

According to the Biden administration's May announcement, wind power development is to be allowed in two areas off the Central and North California shores and hinted at possibly developing novel technology for offshore wind farms.

Nonetheless, the low depth of the waters coupled with smallish wave heights is advantageous for wind power development in the Gulf. Moreover, the offshore wind industry in the U.S. can make the most of the existing facilities and regional offshore oil and experiences in gas drilling.

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