BOEM’s four new Wind Energy Areas cover 763,337 acres off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana
For Immediate Release: October 27, 2023
Media Contact: Luke Jeanfreau | [email protected] | 504-302-8079
BALTIMORE — The Oceantic Network, the leading organization working to accelerate offshore wind energy deployment and build a dedicated domestic supply chain, welcomes today’s announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of four new Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico. These four finalized WEAs cover an area of 56,978 acres offshore Louisiana and 706,359 acres offshore Texas, providing enough space to support offshore wind projects powering more than three million homes. The projects hosted by these new areas could allow the Gulf of Mexico region to further solidify its position in the offshore wind industry, bringing even more opportunity to a region already heavily involved in the national supply chain. This involvement was highlighted in the Network’s report, Unlocking the Gulf of Mexico’s Offshore Wind Energy Potential, published in August.
The following statement can be attributed to John Begala, vice president of federal and state policy at the Oceantic Network:
“The Network welcomes the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to building an offshore wind industry in the Gulf of Mexico. With nearly a quarter of U.S. market contracts going to Gulf firms, the area is already the engine for U.S. offshore wind industry; building a robust pipeline of projects will further unlock the true potential of the region’s supply chain capacity. Gulf expertise in offshore construction is unparalleled, and innovative solutions developed there will continue to drive not just the U.S. but the global offshore wind industry forward.”
- BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico Activities Page
- BOEM Designates Four Wind Energy Areas in Gulf of Mexico
- Unlocking the Gulf of Mexico’s Offshore Wind Energy Potential
For more information or to arrange an interview with the Network, contact Luke Jeanfreau at [email protected] or 504-302-8079.
As a non-profit organization, the Oceantic Network’s driving purpose is to inform, coordinate, and mobilize human ingenuity, enterprise, and labor to take advantage of the urgent need to tap the vast offshore wind and renewable energy resources that lie in the world’s oceans. The collective, coordinated efforts of our 600+ members equip communities and nations to accelerate the transition to clean energy and create economic opportunities.