US Offshore Wind Faces Jones Act Bottleneck

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US offshore wind development faces a list of challenges and uncertainties. Long permitting times and broader issues with transmission nationally are some of the more widely cited potential bottlenecks. But a uniquely US challenge — the century-old Jones Act — looms as another major roadblock and adds another layer of cost and complexity that could stall the government’s ambitions to build 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 110 GW by 2050.

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