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BOEM Announces Next Steps for Offshore Wind Leasing in Oregon, Central Atlantic

27 Apr 2022

At the annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Amanda Lefton announced that BOEM and the United States Department of Interior are taking new actions to advance offshore wind development off the Oregon Coast and in the Central Atlantic. This “call” is the next step for delineating new areas for future offshore wind leasing and represents a first for Oregon and a second wave of development in the Central Atlantic. Last fall, BOEM announced it would advance seven new lease areas by 2025 including new markets in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.   

The following statement can be attributed to Liz Burdock, CEO and Founder of the Business Network for Offshore Wind: 

“With offshore wind, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to power our homes with clean energy, support new job creation across the nation, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. BOEM’s announcement at IPF will advance these wind areas in new and established markets and support a strong, sustainable supply chain of American businesses. Today’s actions build further trust in the U.S. market, which is critical to driving investments in U.S. manufacturing, shipbuilding, and small business growth. Opening new lease areas in the Central Atlantic will spark a second wave of domestic offshore wind development and bolster an emerging manufacturing core in places like Hampton Roads and Baltimore, and in Oregon, where the power of offshore wind can be unleashed along on the West Coast.” 

Business Network for Offshore Wind | offshorewindus.org