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Biden-Harris administration announces winners of Carolina Long Bay offshore wind power auction

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced the results of its wind power auction in the Carolina Long Bay area, the second major offshore wind lease sale this year and a significant step toward achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity by 2030.

“The Biden-Harris administration is moving at the pace and scale necessary to help achieve the President’s goals of making offshore wind energy a reality for the United States,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “With a whole-of-government approach, we can fight the effects of climate change while creating well-paying unionized jobs that can benefit underserved communities. Today’s lease sale is further proof that there is strong industry interest and that America’s clean energy transition is here.

President Biden catalyzed the offshore wind energy industry by announcing the first-ever Offshore wind target, creating a clear vision for the future of this innovative industry. This goal is reinforced by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will make historic investments to build a better America with clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and strong domestic manufacturing and supply chains.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) lease sale offered two lease areas covering 110,091 acres in the Carolina Long Bay area off North Carolina and South Carolina. If fully developed, the leases could generate around 1.3 gigawatts of offshore wind power, enough to power around 500,000 homes. Today’s sale attracted competitive winning bids from two companies totaling $315 million.

Provisional winner

Rental area

Acres

Winning bid

TotalEnergy Renewables USA, LLC

OCS-A 0545

54,937

$160,000,000

Duke Energy Renewables Wind, LLC

OCS-A 0546

55 154

$155,000,000

The Carolina Long Bay offshore wind auction included a new 20% credit for bidders who have committed to contributing financially to programs or initiatives supporting workforce training programs for the wind industry offshore, the development of a US national supply chain for the offshore wind industry, or both. This vote will result in $42 million for these essential programs or initiatives.

“This auction puts real dollars on the table to support the economic growth of offshore wind energy development – ​​including the jobs that come with it,” said Amanda Lefton, Director of BOEM. “The new auction credit in the Carolina Long Bay auction will result in tangible investments in training the workforce and businesses in the United States, ultimately creating jobs in the United States in the industries needed to support the achievement of our offshore wind objectives.”

A better trained and larger domestic offshore wind workforce will provide more efficient operations with an increase in fully trained personnel. Similarly, a more robust domestic supply chain will reduce the initial capital or cost of certification for offshore wind component manufacturing, including facility construction, capital equipment purchase and facility certification. existing manufacturing. Additional details on auction credit requirements and restrictions can be found at BOEM’s website.

To advance the environmental justice goals of the Department of the Interior, tenants are also required to identify tribal nations, underserved communities, agencies, ocean users and other interested stakeholders and report account of their communication and engagement activities with these parties. These stipulations aim to promote the development of offshore wind energy in a way that coexists with other uses of the ocean, addresses potential impacts and benefits, and protects the ocean environment, while facilitating the energy future of our country for generations to come.

The Carolina Long Bay Offshore Wind Energy Auction allowed companies to bid on either or both lease areas in the Wilmington East Wind Energy Area, as described in the Notice of final sale (FSN). The two concession areas have similar size, distance to shore and wind resource potential.

Prior to the finalization of the leases, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission will conduct an anti-competitive review of the auction, and the provisional winners will be required to pay the balance of the winning bids and provide financial assurance to BOEM.

More information about today’s sale, including a map of rental areas, can be found at BOEM’s website.

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