David Jacobs, The Center Square | November 10, 2020
Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to establish a task force to coordinate commercial leasing proposals for wind energy in federal waters off Louisiana’s coast, in hopes of creating a business path for development of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.
A 600-megawatt wind farm in the Gulf could support 4,400 jobs and $445 million in economic output during the construction phase, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Operations would contribute 150 new permanent jobs, along with an estimated $14 million in annual spending, the governor’s office says.
“Some of the state’s offshore oil and gas service-providers have already played a key role in the early development of offshore wind projects off the East Coast, so it makes plenty of sense to pursue that renewable energy source and the associated economic benefits,” Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson said.