LA - Gov. Edwards Announces Renewable Energy Initiative for Gulf of Mexico
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a renewable energy initiative for the Gulf of Mexico, with plans to harness Louisiana's strengths in offshore energy production for the development of wind power, the nation's No. 1 source of renewable energy.
Gov. Edwards presented his vision at today's inaugural meeting of the Climate Initiatives Task Force he created earlier this year. Offshore wind energy will be one of many strategies pursued by the task force to curb the growth of greenhouse gas emissions that have reduced air quality, contributed to coastal erosion through sea rise, and increased the severity of weather events.
"I have asked Dr. Walter Cruickshank and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to help us establish a task force of federal, state and local officials who will build a blueprint for renewable energy production in the Gulf of Mexico," Gov. Edwards said. "This is not some 'pie in the sky' promise of economic opportunity. We already have an emerging offshore wind energy industry, and Louisiana's offshore oil and gas industry has played a key role in the early development of U.S. offshore wind energy in the Atlantic Ocean."
Off the coast of Rhode Island, Lafayette-based Aries Marine Corp. and Galliano-based Falcon Global LLC are Louisiana liftboat operators that helped develop the nation's first commercial offshore wind farm, Block Island. For that project, Metairie-based Keystone Engineering provided design assistance and Houma-based Gulf Island Fabrication built foundation jackets and piling.