Having lagged behind Europe in championing renewable energies for years, the US is set to double its offshore wind production before 2030.
Joe Biden’s electoral campaign relied heavily on talk of grandiose climate change solutions, and it appears his administration is already making good on them.
High on the agenda of Biden’s constituency is doubling the nation’s offshore wind production by 2030, a proposition that had stalled repeatedly under Trump’s tenure. With previous plans over the last decade knocked back by waterfront landowners, protecting the climate is finally atop the list of considerations.
This week, the Interior Department – a federal agency responsible for US natural resources and government owned land – gave Biden the green light to build the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm.
We applaud the approval of Vineyard Wind’s Environmental Impact Statement, a pivotal step forward for this nation-leading wind project. If approved, this project will help MA achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050, deliver new jobs + provide clean, cost-effective power to ratepayers. pic.twitter.com/az2Och9bME
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) March 8, 2021
Located 12 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, near Cape Cod, this huge scale operation is set to kick-start a national overhaul of renewable energies and thousands of (highly paid) jobs touted by Biden. Welcome to the party America.
Currently, the only two existing US wind farms operate at 30 megawatts and 12 megawatts off the coasts of Rhode Island and Virginia respectively. At an unprecedented 800 megawatts however, this project will produce enough clean energy alone to eliminate 1.68 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – equivalent to removing 325,000 cars off the road.
Provided the build passes its final environmental inspection, the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind farm will be run by energy firms Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Between them they will aim to transfer power from the 84 turbines to over 400,000 homes, through cables buried six feet below the ocean floor feeding into the New England power grid.