The Biden administration on Tuesday granted final federal government approval to the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, a first major move towards its goal of accelerating offshore wind development over the next decade.
The $ 2.8 billion 84 turbine project will eclipse existing offshore wind farms in the United States, generating enough electricity to electrify some 400,000 homes. It will be built 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, with turbines spaced at least 1 nautical mile apart and spread over some 160,000 acres.
The project, a joint venture of Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is expected to come online as early as 2023. Construction and operation are expected to create some 3,600 new jobs.
Home Secretary Deb Haaland called the announcement “an important milestone in our efforts to build a clean and fairer energy future while addressing the climate emergency.”
“I believe a clean energy future is within reach in the United States,” she told reporters on a phone call Tuesday.
Biden administration is working to boost renewable energy on public lands and waters as part of government-wide efforts to curb global warming greenhouse gas emissions and create union jobs well paid. In March, the administration set a multi-agency goal of deploying 30 gigawatts, or 30,000 megawatts, of wind power by 2030, enough to power 10 million homes for a year and reduce 78 million metric tons of energy. ‘carbon dioxide emissions.
Today, only two small wind farms operate in US waters, one off Rhode Island and the other off Virginia. Together they have a capacity of just 42 megawatts.
Along with building the green light from Vineyard Wind, the administration established a new priority wind area in New York Bight, the waters between Long Island and the Jersey coast, and advanced permits for the 1,100 megawatt Ocean Wind project. off the south New Jersey coast.
“This approval should mean ‘go’ to all the companies in the supply chain who were waiting to see if the industry moved to construction on a commercial scale,” said Liz Burdock, President and CEO of the Business. Network for Offshore Wind, in a response statement. to Tuesday’s announcement. “Now is the time to get involved in this next great American industry and be part of the most exciting energy sector this country has seen in 50 years.
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