In a move to accelerate the development of an offshore wind energy industry in the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu yesterday announced plans to fast-track four offshore areas for potential leasing by the U.S. government.
AWEA welcomed the announcement. Said AWEA Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Tom Vinson, “The offshore wind industry needs policy certainty to justify investing the billions of dollars necessary to continue growing this industry here at home. The announcements today from the Departments of Interior and Energy demonstrate the growing commitment by key officials to tap into our nation’s robust offshore winds. That commitment must continue to grow in all corners of government so the wind power industry itself can grow. This natural resource not only provides non-polluting energy, but also provides critically needed jobs for local economies.”