Louisiana has asked the US government to help it “build a blueprint” for offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico as part of initiatives by the state to address climate change and drive economic growth, said state governor Jon Bel Edwards.

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“This is not some ‘pie in the sky’ promise of economic opportunity,” he said, noting the sector’s emergence elsewhere and the key role played by Louisianan offshore oil & gas contractors in helping launch US involvement in the sector in 2016 with the five-turbine, 30MW Block Island project off Rhode Island.