Construction has begun in earnest on a national network of more than 2,100 offshore wind turbine rigs that will need to be installed in US coastal waters by 2030 to meet the national goal of 30 GW of offshore wind power.  

In February, the US Department of the Interior awarded leases to six companies planning to build offshore wind farms on an area totaling 488,000 acres in the New York Bight waters off the coast of New Jersey and the southern shore of Long Island. The federal auction of the coastal sites yielded $4.37 billion from the winning bids.

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