WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Kate McKeever, director of government and regulatory affairs for offshore wind, and James Sun, senior development manager, at RWE Renewables, Chicago, Illinois, have issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notice entitled "Request for Interest: Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf". The comment was written on July 23, 2021, and posted on Sept. 17, 2021:
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RWE Renewables respectfully submits these comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Request for Interest (RFI) in Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), issued as Docket No. BOEM-2021-0041.
We commend BOEM's success in developing an offshore wind industry in the United States in recent years and its efforts to engage all stakeholders during the different planning stages of the leasing process. We also applaud Gov. John Bel Edwards on his visionary leadership setting up the GOM Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force with BOEM to coordinate the responsible development of renewable energy in a resource-rich region of the country. As a leading global renewable energy developer, we are grateful for the opportunity to offer these comments and look forward to continued engagement with BOEM.
RWE Renewables, including its global affiliates, is one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. With around 3,500 employees dedicated to the development of clean energy in the US and around the world, the company has onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 gigawatts ("GW"). In the United States, RWE Renewables is a leader in utility scale clean energy investment with almost 5 GW of installed capacity. RWE Renewables is driving the expansion of renewable energy in more than 15 countries on four continents. From 2020 until 2022, RWE Renewables targets to invest Euros5 billion net in renewable energy and to grow its renewables portfolio to 13 gigawatts of net capacity. Beyond this, the company plans to further grow in wind and solar power. The focus is on the Americas, the core markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
RWE Renewables believes the GOM has attractive offshore wind resources that could benefit adjacent markets, both supporting economic development in the region that leverages synergies with its well-established oil & gas sector and also helping to cut emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. When considering all the different factors that create a path to successful and responsible development of wind farms in the GOM, the need for commercial viability requires careful consideration of accessible markets where the renewable energy can be sold.
While RWE Renewables expresses interest in the wider RFI Area as a whole because we believe in the long-term potential of the GOM region for offshore wind development, market conditions today make it challenging to identify more specific areas to prioritize. But just as a large onshore wind industry in Texas has led to significant cost reductions, the cost of offshore wind will also decline as it scales up in other US markets. Meanwhile, as renewable energy policies also begin to be more widely adopted by states along the GOM, it will become clearer in time which specific locations in the RFI Area and in what timeframe commercial viability can realistically be achieved. We'd welcome continued engagement with BOEM to monitor the development of these factors that would help plan the leasing process in more detail. One such milestone, for example, could be Louisiana's Climate Action Plan that is expected to publish its recommendations early 2022 on the potential pathways for a transition towards a less carbon-intense economy, and any subsequent legislative decisions on implementation.
In conclusion, RWE Renewables would like to once again commend BOEM on its efforts to involve all stakeholders at the different planning stages of the leasing process. We encourage BOEM to continue this critically important stakeholder engagement through the GOM Renewable Energy Task Force.
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James Sun, Senior Development Manager, M +-617-530-0294, mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
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