January 13, 2022 Read More →

U.S. plans largest offshore wind auction off New York, New Jersey coast


President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday said it would hold the U.S. government’s biggest ever offshore wind auction next month for areas in waters off the coast of New York and New Jersey, part of a range of measures it unveiled to speed growth of clean energy.

“We’re at an inflection point for domestic offshore wind energy development,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said on a call with reporters. “We must seize this moment.”

The announcement, which seeks to advance Biden’s ambitious climate change agenda, comes as sweeping legislation to support those goals is stalled in Congress. Biden has pledged an “all-of-government” approach to fight global warming and decarbonize the U.S. electricity grid by 2035.

The White House is “continuing to pursue this agenda every way we know how,” a senior administration official told reporters on a briefing call on Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging memo, the administration unveiled actions by seven federal agencies designed to accelerate deployment of wind and solar projects while creating well-paying jobs, a cornerstone of Biden’s presidential campaign pledge.

[Nichola Groom]

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