America Aims to Reach Climate Goals with Revised Offshore Wind Energy Rules
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced new regulations for wind energy facilities on the outer continental shelf in order to achieve climate goals.
These changes are projected to save developers $1 billion over 20 years by simplifying processes, providing clarity, and reducing compliance costs, according to the statement.
“Updating these regulations will facilitate the safe and efficient development of offshore wind energy resources, provide certainty to developers and help ensure a fair return to the U.S. taxpayers,” U.S. Interior Secretary
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Thursday that it will be revising regulations for wind energy facilities on the outer continental shelf.
New changes aim to support the country’s climate goals and are projected to save developers $1 billion over 20 years by simplifying processes, clarifying ambiguities, and reducing compliance costs.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which oversees offshore energy development, has recently approved the first two commercial wind projects in the US and held three lease auctions, including the first one off the coast of California, as part of its efforts to promote clean energy.
The BOEM also investigating the possibility of expanding offshore wind energy to other regions, such as the Gulf of Mexico.
The Department of Interior plans to hold several more auctions for offshore wind energy development and evaluate the construction of at least 16 new facilities by 2025, which would generate a total of 22 GW of clean energy.