Regulation, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - April 6, 2023
DOE Releases National Offshore Wind Energy Strategy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the release of its Offshore Wind Energy Strategy, a summary of its efforts to meet President Biden’s goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and set the nation on a pathway to 110 GW or more by 2050.
The strategy includes plans to lower costs from $73 per MWh to $51 per MWh by 2030, develop a domestic supply chain, and achieve the Floating Offshore Wind Shot goal of reducing costs by over 70% to $45/MWh by 2035. The DOE also outlines in its strategic plans to enable reliable and resilient transmission solutions for large-scale offshore wind deployment and expand offshore wind co-generation technologies for widespread electrification and decarbonization.
“The transformative potential of offshore wind energy is critical to achieving President Biden’s bold clean energy goals,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “As our Offshore Wind Energy Strategy shows, we’re leveraging all resources across our department to harness this clean and reliable American energy source, which will create tens of thousands of good-paying, union jobs and revitalize coastal communities.”
DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) investments in research and development have supported technological advances that helped commercialize wind energy production in the United States. The newly announced Offshore Wind Strategy helps connect work happening at WETO and across 15 other DOE offices.
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