US Identifies Areas for Potential Wind Development in Gulf of Mexico

The areas in the Gulf of Mexico are located off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and off the coast Lake Charles, La., the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says.

US Identifies Areas for Potential Wind Development in Gulf of Mexico

The news to expand U.S. offshore wind energy development to the Gulf of Mexico was delivered as President Joe Biden used his executive power to act on climate change in the face of some legislative inaction. (Source: Hart Energy, Shutterstock.com)

The U.S. has identified nearly 735,000 acres offshore Texas and Louisiana for potential wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) as the Biden administration moves to advance its clean energy agenda.

The areas—one about 24 nautical miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and the other about 56 nautical miles off the coast Lake Charles, La.—were unveiled July 20 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The acreage is a sliver of the initial 30 million-acre area in the GoM the Interior Department opened for public comment in October 2021.

“BOEM used the most current scientific data to analyze 30 million acres in the Call Area to find the best spaces for wind energy development,” BOEM Director Amanda Lefton said in a news release. “We are invested in working in partnership with states and communities to find areas that avoid or minimize conflicts with other ocean uses and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. We are committed to a transparent, inclusive and data-driven process that ensures all ocean users flourish in the Gulf.”

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.