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Energy - JUNE 10, 2021

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U.S. opens Gulf of Mexico to offshore wind

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The U.S. Department of the Interior will assess potential opportunities to advance offshore wind development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will publish a Request for Interest (RFI) in the Federal Register on June 11 to assess interest in potential offshore-wind development in the OCS.

The RFI will be focused on the Western and Central Planning Areas of the Gulf of Mexico offshore the states of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama.

Although the primary focus of the RFI is on wind-energy development, BOEM is also seeking information on other renewable-energy technologies.

The move is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

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