Minneapolis wind energy advocates view new offshore wind farms as 'huge leap in the right direction'

An aggressive offshore wind energy plan announced on Wednesday by the Biden Administration could have direct impacts in Minnesota, according to Minneapolis-based wind energy advocate Lisa Daniels.

Daniels, Executive Director and Founder of Windustry, told WCCO Radio's Adam Carter during the WCCO Radio Morning News on Thursday that offshore wind energy plan is part of a larger plan to address the climate crisis.

"It really is a crisis and I think we really saw that with the extreme weather including the floods, drought, and fires this summer," Daniels said. "When's the last time Minnesota of all places, 10,000 lakes, has been on fire?"

The new offshore wind energy plan reported Wednesday by The New York Times looks to take an aggressive approach towards offshore wind energy that would deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes.

"I think it's a huge leap in the right direction to go with offshore wind," Daniels added. "Offshore wind energy's been developed in northern Europe and other parts of the world for many years. The Biden Administration is proposing something that will barely catch us up to what they're doing in northern Europe."

According the the Interior Department, an estimated 80,000 jobs would be created by creating the seven offshore wind farms proposed by the Biden Administration.