US government proposes offshore wind energy auction off New York and New Jersey

The U.S. government said on Friday it is seeking buyers for offshore wind power installations in the shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey, as part of its effort to increase generation quota. the country’s offshore wind power for the next decade.

In a statement, the Department of the Interior said that the proposed sale for offshore wind power development on the outer continental shelf of New York Bay has “the potential to unlock more than 7 gigawatts of offshore wind power, powering more than 2.6 million households and supporting thousands of new jobs.”

The sales proposal also includes a stipulation that bidders will create union jobs. The Biden administration has said it wants to build a clean energy economy with a union workforce.

“The development of renewable energy resources is an important piece to address” climate change, Home Secretary Deb Haaland said in the statement, adding that the proposal “prioritizes the creation and maintenance of well-paying union jobs as we build a clean energy economy.”

The move is the government’s latest step to double the capacity of America’s fledgling offshore wind infrastructure by 2030 and decarbonize the energy sector by 2035.

Earlier this year, the government presented an offshore wind power generation plan that set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts by 2030, which, according to authorities, would be enough to power 10 million homes and reduce 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The area that was put up for sale on Friday includes eight zones that could be auctioned for commercial wind power development.

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