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White House | United States, Floating Wind Shot
- Feb 22, 2023 6:18 pm GMT
United States | Floating Wind Shot
In life when I was helping my grandfather in support of snow on the mountain spread the river which sustained our crops about a healthy planet.
As communities across our country faced extreme heat, intense storms and other climate fuelled impacts, we know there is no time to waste in making bold investments to address the climate crisis. Since day one, President Biden has made tackling the climate crisis a top priority, and building a strong domestic offshore wind industry is key to meeting the challenge of our lifetimes.
At the Department of the Interior, we're taking meaningful steps toward achieving the clean energy future we all deserve. And we're making real tangible progress. Already the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was approved the nation's first two major offshore wind projects and initiated the renewal.
We've announced a new offshore wind leasing strategy, which includes sales.
Last year we held a pre-sale being the largest offshore energy sail in history in the New York, nearly more than $4 billion.
And of course, just a few months ago, we held the first sale ever on the West Coast off the shore of California. It was also the first sale in US history to support the use of floating offshore wind technology which has the potential to unlock more than 4.6 gigawatts of offshore wind energy.
That's enough to power more than 1.5 million homes and support 1000s of new jobs. That option was an important first step in delivering on the promise of Biden Harris administration has made to deploy 15 gigawatts of installed floating offshore wind capacity by 2035. Hitting that goal with power more than 5 million homes and help us deliver on President Biden's in the state of California has two thirds of the nation's offshore wind resources in deep waters floating wind can help us reach areas we once thought unattainable and not just in the Pacific. In fact, the Gulf of Maine is another promising location. And we're working with Maine, Massachusetts in New Hampshire to bring offshore wind energy to the entire region.
We know these states and industries need ambitious planning, but they also need predictability and stability. And that's why everyone is gathered today. To bring together lessons learn best ideas and outside the box creative thinking and collaboration.
The Department of the Interior is proud to help lead the floating offshore wind shot and ambitious initiative to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind energy by over 70% by 2035 and to invest in the technologies needed to achieve our cost reduction and deployment goals.
By harnessing the power of offshore wind, the Biden Harris administration is establishing the United States as a world leader in floating offshore wind. pursuing this exciting technology will provide communities with cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy and create good paying jobs all while having the least impact on the environment and ocean users. And that's what I call a win win solution. realising these opportunities will require unprecedented collaboration between federal agencies states tribes, coastal communities, ocean users, the Labour community and other stakeholders.
We can't take a one size fits all approach. We're learning important lessons as this industry develops. We're working to ensure that we communicate widely frequently and openly on difficult issues that are specific to different leasing areas.
Throughout our process, we will strive to avoid impacts to ocean users and the marine environment as much as possible. And we'll continue to rely on the best available science and indigenous knowledge to inform our decisions. That's what makes it dense, like this summit so important are working together to meet our climate goals. We can create good paying union jobs and support economic opportunities for everyone, especially in local and historically underserved communities.
Because to address the climate crisis head on, we must unleash a new era of clean reliable energy that serves every household in America. floating wind technology will help continue the momentum to build this new vital industry at the Department of the Interior. We're honoured to join with our federal state industry and other partners to support the share.
Together we ensure that communities across the country benefit from the transformative potential of offshore wind. I'm so grateful to our staff who have worked so hard to put this exciting agenda together and for the work they do every single day. Thank you all so much for being here. I hope you enjoy.
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