Interior Department seeks comment, info on possible offshore wind area off Delaware coast

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The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Biden-Harris administration announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will publish two separate Calls for Information and nominations for possible leasing in areas off the coast of Oregon and in the Central Atlantic.

The Central Atlantic zone includes an area off Delaware coast.

The boundary of what is known as Call Area A begins about 20 nautical miles off Delaware and Maryland and extends eastward. The area at its widest points is about 12 nmi from east to west and about 29 nmi from north to south.  Call Area A does not include the Del-Jersey artificial reef.

BOEM Director Amanda Lefton announced the Call areas at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, where she outlined the Biden-Harris administration’s work to develop clean energy, create union jobs and add 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to supporting a robust clean energy economy, and the upcoming steps taken toward possible leasing off the coast of Oregon and Central Atlantic provides another opportunity to strengthen the clean energy industry while creating good-paying union jobs,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. “We will continue using every tool in our toolbox to tackle the climate crisis, reduce our emissions to reach President Biden’s bold goals, and advance environmental justice.”

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Scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on April 29, the process will include a separate comment period during which the public can submit relevant information on site conditions, marine resources, and ocean uses near or within the Call Areas. Wind energy companies can nominate specific areas where they would like to see leasing.

BOEM is seeking information on six distinct areas in the Central Atlantic comprising almost 3.9 million acres. The closest point to the shore of any of the areas is approximately 20 nautical miles off the Central Atlantic coast. Publication of the Call in the Federal Register will initiate a 60-day public comment period ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 28. Additional information on the Call, including a map of the areas and directions for commenting, can be found at BOEM’s Central Atlantic webpage.

The Oregon Call, the first action of its type off the Oregon coast, requests information on two areas that together comprise approximately 1,158,400 acres. Both areas – the Coos Bay Call Area and the Brookings Call Area – begin about 12 nautical miles from shore at their closest points, off the coast of central and southern Oregon, respectively.

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