The US offshore wind industry hailed another “major milestone” with the setting today (Wednesday) of eight draft wind energy areas (WEAs) in the Central Atlantic with over 20GW of potential capacity.

In a first for the east coast, three of the WEAs are in deep waters requiring floating wind technologies.

The draft WEAs across some 1.7 million acres (6,880km2) – established by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the regulator of development on the US’ outer continental shelf – are located 19 to 77 miles (31-124km) off the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware (see map at foot).