Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2360 -- the Providing for Our Workforce and Energy Resources Act (POWER Act) -- a bill introduced by Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) that clarifies that offshore wind farms must comply with the same laws as offshore oil and gas production. The vote makes Landry the first Louisiana Representative to have a stand-alone bill accepted by the House this year.
"The POWER Act makes an important clarification to ensure wind energy follows the same playbook that has made U.S. offshore oil and gas production such a nationally important, job-creating field," said Landry. "The POWER Act provides important certainty so investors can confidently support offshore renewable projects and create new jobs for American offshore workers. I applaud all who joined me in voting for final passage of the bill."
Landry received praise from industry officials for his legislation and efforts to get the bill passed today. "Thanks to Congressman Landry's POWER Act, American workers will have the opportunity to build and operate a new generation of American vessels and offshore renewable energy installations, putting people to work at a time when our economy needs it the most," said Matthew Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council Of America.