Obama Administration Advances Responsible Offshore Wind Development

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NWF Praises Investment in Market Barrier Removal, Environmental Review of High-Priority Areas

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It is time for America to move forward boldly and responsibly with clean energy, and we applaud the administration showing leadership to accelerate offshore wind development.

This morning the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of a new joint National Offshore Wind Strategy, announced significant new funding opportunities for needed research, and unveiled four high-potential, low-impact areas in the Mid-Atlantic to speed up the construction of offshore wind power. The process is designed to give strong consideration to valuable coastal and marine species and natural resources.

The announcement comes two months after a coalition of state and national groups released “Offshore Wind in the Atlantic: Growing Momentum for Jobs, Energy Independence, Clean Air, and Wildlife Protection”, calling for identification and review of high priority zones with minimal conflict to the environment and to other ocean users that can be prioritized for quicker permitting.

Catherine Bowes, senior policy representative at National Wildlife Federation said:

“Offshore wind holds great potential to create jobs, cut pollution, and reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels. It is time for America to move forward boldly and responsibly with clean energy, and we applaud the administration showing leadership to accelerate offshore wind development.

“Today’s announcement creates more momentum for offshore wind projects in the Atlantic Ocean, and we look forward to seeing additional areas identified for offshore wind development along the east coast. Targeted investment in improving technology and removing barriers, such as the risk of environmental impact, will help create more certainty and demand for offshore wind. With a balanced permitting approach that prioritizes areas low in conflict, we can also ensure the protection of the Atlantic’s precious ecosystem and specifically its fish and wildlife resources.”

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Contacts:
Tony Iallonardo, senior communications manager, 202-797-6612, iallonardot(at)nwf(dot)org

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