Louisiana lawmakers advance proposal to attract coastal wind energy projects

Bill would expand wind leases in Gulf of Mexico

BY: WESLEY MULLER

A proposal to expand the size of wind energy projects off the Louisiana coast advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. Proponents say it will make the state more attractive to developers and investors in the renewable energies market. 

House Bill 165, sponsored by Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, was approved without objection in the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. 

“We know that alternative energy is coming, and it’s something that we can and should take advantage of,” Zeringue said, adding that studies show a single offshore wind project could generate more than 5,000 jobs. 

The bill would increase current limits on individual oil and gas leases from a maximum of 5,000 acres to 25,000 acres for a wind energy lease. Zeringue said wind turbines typically require more space than oil and gas rigs. The industry standard, he said, is between 500 and 1,000 acres per turbine. 

Two federal studies conducted under the Trump administration found the Gulf of Mexico’s untapped wind energy could generate an estimated 508,000 megawatts of power per … Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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