The US government is seeking expressions of interest from the international offshore wind industry for development of six proposed new areas along the central Atlantic coast – two of which would call for floating arrays – and two in the Pacific facing the western state of Oregon.

The move, announced today by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) director Amanda Lefton at the International Partnering Forum in Atlantic City, New Jersey, represents a significant expansion of President Joe Biden's ambition for industry growth beyond the 30GW of capacity he is targeting for switch-on by 2030.