A US legislator has put forward a bill that could lead to redrafting energy law in the state of Louisiana to expand individual leases in its part of US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and allow for Baton Rouge to collect royalties from power generated, potentially a big fillip to development of offshore wind plant in state waters.

Jerome Zeringue – representative for state district 52 which is at the centre of Louisiana’s oil & gas industry – proposed the bill with a view to redrafting current energy law to include offshore wind by increasing maximum single leases from 5,000 to 25,000 acres, in line with needs of giant projects of hundreds of turbines, while also adding flexibility to state contracts that could incorporate royalty payments.