Biden Admin and 11 States Enter Partnership to Boost Offshore Wind Power
The new Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership will bolster President Joe Biden’s goal of creating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. This will generate 77,000 new jobs and power 10 million homes while working towards the administration’s plan to fight the climate crisis by getting the nation’s power sector to net zero by 2035.
“The partnership will support efforts to provide Americans with cleaner and cheaper energy, create good-paying jobs, and make historic investments in new American energy supply chains, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and servicing,” the White House said in a statement Thursday.
The new partnership was launched with a White House gathering, also on Thursday, between Biden, administration officials like Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, labor and wind industry leaders and governors from the participating states, as AP News reported.
“Together we’re stepping up. We’re about to build a better America,″ Biden said, as AP News reported. “It’s not just about the future. It’s about right now.″
The partnership’s first aim is to improve the supply chain for offshore wind energy, according to the White House. This means building more manufacturing plants for the materials needed to build offshore wind farms, bolstering the ability of ports to handle offshore wind activity, improving the networks needed to complete projects and creating a workforce with the ability to get the job done.
The Department of Energy (DOE) will also work with New York and Maryland to fund a National Offshore Wind Supply Chain Roadmap to research and report supply chain needs and how to meet them. The first part of the roadmap, released in March, detailed what would need to happen to meet the 2030 offshore wind capacity goal, according to the DOE. The second half, slated for the end of the year, will lay out how the U.S. can manufacture all the necessary components to meet this goal domestically.
“Working together – states and the federal government – we can blow the lid off our growing domestic offshore wind industry and get us to our clean energy future faster,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement.
Finally, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration said that special vessels designated for installing offshore wind infrastructure would receive priority funding as Vessels of National Interest, the White House said.
The 11 states participating in the partnership are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, who was one of two governors to attend Thursday’s meeting in person, told NJ Advance Media that the partnership would enable the states to do more effective work together than they would on their own.
“If you didn’t have the federal government and the Biden administration playing an active role, you could run the risk of sort of a patchwork,” Murphy said. “The federal government, the Biden administration, the president himself is so invested in this and also in coordinating. That’s just going to make this industry stronger, bigger and all of that faster.”
One major East Coast state missing from the coalition is Virginia, AP News reported. The state’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin has moved to exit a regional group committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but says he still supports offshore wind.
Youngkin is “fully committed to Virginia’s current offshore wind project,” spokesperson Macaulay Porter told AP News.