The U.S. Interior Department launched plans on June 8 to assess potential opportunities for offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico while the future of oil and gas development in the region remains in question.

The announcement follows U.S. President Joe Biden’s broader agenda to decarbonize the nation’s economy through clean energy development. Along those lines, the administration is targeting the deployment of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, which is also expected to create thousands of jobs.

“We know that offshore wind development has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement on June 8. “This is an important first step to see what role the Gulf may play in this exciting frontier.”

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