WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s recently announced actions to bolster offshore wind energy projects and create good-paying American jobs in the process.
“Harnessing the power of offshore wind embodies the true opportunity we have in moving towards a clean energy future,” said Chairman Carper. “President Biden knows that under the right policies, our country can develop offshore wind as a resource, protect our fisherman and wildlife, and create good-paying American jobs. I’m pleased to see the Biden Administration is set on unleashing the economic power of offshore wind as part of a robust approach to reduce emissions and get Americans back to work following the pandemic.
“Today’s announcement by the Biden Administration, coupled with the Carper-Collins offshore wind investment tax credit passed and signed into law last year, mean we will soon see windmills along the East Coast. Finally, offshore wind projects in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia will be deployed and bring clean, reliable energy to the residents of Delmarva and beyond.”
Senator Carper has long been an advocate for investing in the offshore wind industry. Last year, Congress passed bipartisan legislation that he introduced with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) to extend the wind investment tax credit (ITC) at 30 percent for offshore wind projects.
He also recently introduced legislation with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to help the clean energy industry create good-paying jobs and recover from the COVID-driven economic downturn.