“President Biden promised a whole-of-government approach to tackling climate change and advancing the clean energy economy when he took office, and today’s announcement once again delivers on that promise. These actions – which include the largest offshore wind lease in American history, renewed interagency coordination on offshore wind, transmission line upgrades to prepare for more clean energy, and fast-tracking onshore clean energy deployment on public lands – will ramp up clean power production, create good-paying jobs and lower energy costs.
“Crucially, in pursuit of sustainable development of these new offshore wind leases, the lessees will need to identify any Tribes, underserved communities, and other stakeholders potentially affected by their projects and to maintain continued engagement as projects advance. The coordination between NOAA and BOEM, as described in the White House’s announcement, is also intended to support the administration’s commitment to offshore wind growth without comprising the protection of marine resources and supporting other ocean users.
“The Biden Administration’s work here will support real clean energy progress. But to fully seize the opportunities of a clean economy, Congress needs to deliver on the historic climate and clean energy investments in the Build Back Better Act.”
- Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs
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