Proposed Offshore Wind Lease Sale Underscores President’s Commitment to Climate Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Interior has proposed moving forward with an auction for eight wind energy leases off the coast of New York and New Jersey, a major step forward for offshore wind power at a pivotal moment in the launch of this industry in America. Today’s action underscores the Biden Administration’s commitment to delivering the clean, job-creating offshore wind power needed to meet state policy goals along the east coast which currently total 40 gigawatts by 2040 — enough to power approximately 20 million homes.

“This proposed offshore wind lease sale underscores that the Biden Administration is transforming its commitments on climate action, job creation, and renewable energy into action,” said Catherine Bowes, director of the National Wildlife Federation’s offshore wind energy program. “We applaud this effort by the Department of the Interior to consider new approaches for advancing this critical climate change solution in a manner that protects and benefits people and wildlife alike. We look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration, state agencies, industry leaders, and our partners to ensure that all offshore wind projects maximize job creation, advance environmental justice, and include strong protections for wildlife and communities every step of the way.

The proposed sale notice released today invites public input on how new offshore wind lease stipulations could help accelerate job creation, expand Tribal and stakeholder engagement, direct benefits to underserved communities, and increase union participation in this new industry.  These and other efforts will be critical for meeting the Biden Administration’s offshore wind commitments with responsibly developed projects.

The Biden Administration’s announcement builds on the President’s early bold actions to advance to offshore wind power, including setting America’s first national offshore wind goal and committing to a whole-of-government approach to achieve it. The National Wildlife Federation joined over 100 environmental, business, labor, justice, and community leaders in a united statement applauding this leadership and underscoring support for the responsible development of offshore wind.

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