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U.S. begins planning for offshore wind leases in Gulf of Maine

August 19, 2022

The US government has launched a request for interest (RFI) to gather feedback from interested parties in offshore wind leasing opportunities in the Gulf of Maine.

It is the first step in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) commercial planning and leasing process to identify the offshore locations that appear most suitable for development.

Feedback from stakeholders, industry, Tribes, and other ocean users will help the department to gauge the scale of interest in the development of commercial wind energy leases in the Gulf of Maine.

It will also inform the department on the location and size of specific areas that could be included in (or excluded from) a future offshore wind energy lease sale, along with other planning considerations.

BOEM director Amanda Lefton said: “As we work to spur offshore wind development and deploy floating offshore wind technology nationwide, BOEM recognises the rich cultural heritage and ecological importance of the Gulf of Maine region, which is why we are using the best available science and traditional knowledge from ocean users and other stakeholders in our planning and leasing process.”

[Staff Report]

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