Louisiana is poised to be a leader of offshore wind in the Southeast. The shallow Gulf of Mexico waters and steady winds off the coast are ideal for turbine installation and operation. Louisiana boasts the largest port system in the Western hemisphere and an existing maritime infrastructure with experience in offshore installations. Both state and federal opportunities for offshore wind are on the horizon in Louisiana. installations. Both state and federal opportunities for offshore wind are on the horizon in Louisiana.

The process for federal offshore wind development begins much like oil and gas. Developers bid on predetermined lease areas to win the rights to place turbines and develop the area. In October 2023, RWE officially signed a lease agreement for a Wind Energy Area off the coast of Lake Charles.

The State of Louisiana has also signed two Operating Agreements for projects in state waters through a separate process. Louisiana is currently developing an Offshore Wind Roadmap that will evaluate opportunities for offshore wind, including a spatial planning process in State Waters.

Project Pipeline

RWE, Lease OCS G-37334: RWE became the first leaseholder in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2023. Located 44 miles off the coast of Louisiana with water depths of 10-25 meters, this lease area has the capacity to up to 2 GW of new capacity, roughly to power over 350,000 U.S. homes with clean energy. The project is expected to be in operation by the mid-2030s. 

In Summer 2023, RWE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Entergy to evaluate the delivery of clean energy from offshore wind to customers in Louisiana and Texas.

GOM 2 Auction: On March 21, 2024, BOEM published a Proposed Sale Notice for the second offshore wind energy auction in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM2). BOEM is proposing four areas offshore Louisiana and Texas, totaling 410,060 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana and Texas.

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