Offshore wind bill clears Louisiana House panel


A proposed Louisiana law that aims to help the offshore wind industry has cleared its first legislative hurdle, reports House Bill 165, which creates a framework for offshore wind leasing in Louisiana waters, won unanimous support from the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee last week and now awaits a vote by the full House.

Early this month, Rep. Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, a Republican from Houma and the bill’s sponsor, said he was open to amending the bill to make it more palatable to the offshore wind industry, which objected to a provision that would allow the state to take a cut of wind farm revenues while also charging for leases. But Zeringue opted not to change the bill.

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