First large-scale US offshore wind farm receives federal approval

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Three of Deepwater Wind’s five turbines stand in the water off Block Island, Rhode Island, the nation’s first offshore wind farm, on August 15, 2016 [File: Michael Dwyer/AP Photo] United States President Joe Biden’s administration announced final federal approval for an ambitious, first of its kind offshore wind energy project on Tuesday that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project, south of Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, would be the first utility-scale wind power development in federal waters. The nearly $3bn project is a critical part of the Biden administration’s plan to develop renewable energy in the US. The federal approval allows Vineyard Wind to install 84 or fewer turbines off the Massachusetts coast. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said the approval of the largescale renewable energy project will create thousands of jobs and is a step towards Biden’s plan for 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. “A clean energy future is within our grasp in the United States. 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,” Haaland said in a […]

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