The administration of United States President Joe Biden on May 11 approved the country’s first large-scale offshore wind project.
The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind 1 energy project is in line with the administration’s goal of generating 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030, which Biden signed an executive order on last January.
The $2.8 billion project will install up to 84 turbines and will be located about 12 nautical miles offshore Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts, according to a joint statement by the Interior Department and the Commerce Department.
The project will also provide enough power for 400,000 homes and businesses and will create 3,600 jobs, the statement said.
“The approval of this project is an important step toward advancing the Administration’s goals to create good-paying union jobs while combatting climate change and powering our nation,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo stated that the project “demonstrates that we can fight the climate crisis, while creating high-paying jobs and strengthening our competitiveness at home and abroad.”
Vineyard Wind Chief Executive Lars Pedersen described the approval of the project as “the launch of a new industry.”
According to a statement from Vineyard Wind, the project has undergone a public review process since 2017 that garnered over 30,000 public comments, over 90% of which indicated support towards the project.
Last March, the administration announced a massive, coordinated initiative on offshore wind energy to launch a “clean energy revolution.”
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