Four federal tracts in Gulf designated for wind power development

(The Associated Press)

Four tracts of federal Gulf of Mexico waters of Texas and Louisiana, ranging from nearly 57,000 acres to more than 495,000, have been designated for wind energy development by the Biden administration.

Last week’s announcement follows the first Gulf sale of leases for wind development earlier this year.

That sale drew a $5.6 million bid from one company for one Gulf tract, a modest start for wind energy in the Gulf, which lags behind the Northeast in offshore wind power development.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcement said its next step will be to issue a formal notice for a proposed lease sale, which will be followed by a 60-day comment period.

Three of the areas designated on Friday are off of Texas, and one 56,978-acre tract is off of Louisiana. Read more.