The Biden administration is taking steps to increase the production of renewable energy in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a request for interest in offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico. The BOEM is seeking information on potential developers, their qualifications, and their interest in obtaining commercial leases for wind development. The request is not a lease sale, but it is a step toward one.
The BOEM has identified two areas in the Gulf of Mexico that could be suitable for offshore wind development, one off the coast of Texas and the other off the coast of Louisiana. The agency has also said that it will work with stakeholders to identify areas that are suitable for offshore wind development and will consider other areas as well. If there is sufficient interest in offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico, the BOEM has said that it will hold a competitive lease sale, although it has not yet set a date for one.
The Biden administration’s push toward renewable energy production is part of President Biden’s goal to generate 30 percent of U.S. electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in meeting that goal. Currently, there is only one offshore wind farm in the U.S., located off the coast of Rhode Island. However, several other projects are in development along the East Coast.
The BOEM’s request for interest comes as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to increase renewable energy production across the country. The agency’s decision to pursue offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico could have significant implications for energy production and environmental conservation in the region.