Trenton, NJ ( Associated Press) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind power projects, estimated to be around 2 million. can produce electricity. homes.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said a February 23 auction in the New York Bight area will allow offshore wind developers to bid on six leased fields, the highest offered at auction for offshore wind and wind power projects.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made tackling the climate crisis the focus of our agenda, and offshore wind opportunities such as the New York Bight present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fight climate change and create good paying, union jobs. Huh. United States,” said Hollande.
After the auction the administration announced a flurry of clean energy works on Wednesday, such as moves to expedite the review of clean energy projects on public land, including solar, onshore wind and geothermal power. The Interior Department approved 18 onshore projects during Biden’s first year in office. The projects are set to provide over 4 GW of clean energy.
The administration also said it is accelerating the deployment of new transmission lines, as enabled by the new bipartisan infrastructure law, to make the grid more reliable and resilient in severe weather. Last year was the deadliest weather year for the United States since 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. A total of 688 people died in 20 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, with a total cost of $145 billion, the agency said.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, which would generate enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. The administration has approved the nation’s first two commercial-scale offshore wind projects in federal waters: the 800-MW Vineyard Wind Project off the Massachusetts coast and the 130-MW South Fork Wind Farm near Long Island, New York.
Haaland has said that the Interior Department expects to make seven offshore wind lease sales by 2025, including the New York Bight and sales offshore in the Carolinas and California later this year.
democratic government. New York’s Kathy Hochul and New Jersey’s Phil Murphy lauded the New York Bight lease sale, saying it would help their states chart an ambitious path toward a clean energy economy. The projects there can generate up to 7 gigawatts of electricity.
“Today’s milestone further highlights New York’s commitment to reaching its offshore wind goals,” Hochul said in a statement.
“Offshore wind holds tremendous promise for our future in terms of climate change, economic growth and job creation,” Murphy said. “New Jersey is already committed to making up about one-quarter of the country’s offshore wind-generation market, and these transformational projects are proof that climate action is building infrastructure and manufacturing while creating well-paying, union jobs. can increase investment in
According to the Interior Department, the decision to proceed with the lease comes after commercial fisheries and other stakeholders weighed in, resulting in a 72% reduction in the size of the lease area.
The department said the closest distance to New Jersey between parcels is 27 nautical miles, while the closest to New York is 20 nautical miles.
The project included a number of stipulations, including the need for project labor agreements and planned incentives to use components such as blades, turbines and foundations made in the United States.
The Daily reported from Washington.