The USA will hold the first-ever offshore wind energy lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, including two lease areas off the coast of Texas and one off the coast of Louisiana.
The areas, to be auctioned on August 29 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), have the potential to generate approximately 3.6 GW of renewable energy capacity.
The Final Sale Notice (FSN) includes a 102,480-acre (41,472.2-ha) area offshore Lake Charles, Louisiana, and two areas offshore Galveston, Texas, one comprising 102,480 acres (41,472.2 ha) and the other 96,786 acres (39,168 ha).
“The Gulf of Mexico is poised to play a key role in our nation’s transition to a clean energy future,” said BOEM director Elizabeth Klein. “Today’s announcement follows years of engagement with government agencies, states, ocean users, and stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico region. We look forward to continued collaboration in the years to come.”