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Louisiana Approves First Offshore Wind Farms with Vestas and Mitsubishi


Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources approved the state’s first offshore wind operating agreements during its December board meeting opening up the potential for wind farms to be developed in the state’s waters. The two projects, which involved subsidiaries of Mitsubishi and Vestas, come as the federal lease auctions for the Gulf of Mexico have also begun but so far drew limited interest.

The board approved a 6,162-acre property agreement for Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, involving a site off the coast of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. The second, larger parcel involves a 59,653-acre agreement for Cajun Wind, a subsidiary of Vestas, off the coast of Cameron Parish.

No details were offered on the potential size of the wind farms or timing, with the New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune quoting sources saying the projects were unlikely to be large wind farms, but would have the advantages of being near-shore projects. They however would mark a fundamental change for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Source : ME

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