The Biden administration’s first offshore wind lease sale raked in an astonishing $4.37 billion in excessive bids — greater than any offshore vitality public sale in U.S. historical past, together with all oil and fuel lease gross sales.
The file sale, which the Interior Department introduced Friday, provided up six tracts totaling greater than 488,000 acres in New York Bight, the waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast.
The Biden administration known as the blockbuster turnout a “major milestone” towards reaching its aim of securing 30 gigawatts, or 30,000 megawatts, of wind vitality by 2030, sufficient to energy 10 million houses for a 12 months and reduce 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
“This week’s offshore wind sale makes one thing clear: the enthusiasm for the clean energy economy is undeniable and it’s here to stay,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated in a press release. “The investments we are seeing today will play an important role in delivering on the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and create thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation.”
When the public sale closed Friday, the common value per acre stood at almost $9,000. The largest tract of greater than 125,000 acres bought to Bight Wind Holdings, LLC for $1.1 billion.
The renewable vitality public sale dwarfs latest offshore oil and fuel lease gross sales, together with one in November when 33 firms paid a complete of $191 million for rights to drill for fossil fuels throughout greater than 1.7 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico. A federal choose has since vacated these leases, concluding that the Biden administration didn’t correctly account for local weather results when it held its huge public sale.
The Interior Department estimates that the areas auctioned off in New York Bight have the potential to help wind farms that energy as much as 2 million houses.
Ali Zaidi, deputy White House nationwide local weather adviser, known as the wind lease sale “a big step towards cleaner electricity and a stronger domestic energy sector.”
“President Biden has long seen the opportunity embedded in taking on the climate crisis ― and we are chasing after that opportunity,” he stated in a press release. “We have the chance to breathe life into idled ports, revitalize our industrial base, and build products here in America to harness the wind and sun.”