European offshore wind giants Orsted and Iberdrola hailed America’s new 30GW offshore wind target as a big shot in the arm for confidence in the sector as they prepare to advance huge US projects.

Orsted offshore North America CEO David Hardy said the 2030 goal announced on Monday by the US Department of Energy (DOE) would “set our country on a path to maximise our unmatched wind potential to help meet the nation’s clean energy needs.