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Biden administration proposes competitive lease sale for offshore wind development for New York and New Jersey

Christian Fernsby |
The Department of the Interior announced a proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York Bight – an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast.

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This would be the first competitive offshore wind lease sale for the Biden-Harris administration. The proposed lease areas have the potential to unlock over 7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, powering more than 2.6 million homes and supporting thousands of new jobs.

“Climate change poses an existential threat — not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, and our economic well-being. The Biden-Harris administration recognizes the urgency of this moment, and the development of renewable energy resources is an important piece of addressing this reality,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

The announcement builds upon recent milestones from the Biden-Harris administration to advance offshore wind development, including:

Approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind1 project, the first large scale project in federal waters;

An agreement to advance areas for offshore wind off the northern and central coasts of California, the first meaningful step toward potential development in the Pacific;

Steps to assess potential renewable energy opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico; and The initiation of the review process for two new projects, Revolution Wind offshore Rhode Island and Ocean Wind offshore New Jersey.

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