An offshore wind project for Massachusetts that would generate 800 megawatts of electricity, power 400,000 homes, was approved by the federal government
An offshore wind project for Massachusetts that will generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is toned down by backers as a major part of America’s transition to renewable energy was approved by the federal government on Tuesday.
The 800-MW Vineyard Wind Project, south of Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, will be the first utility-scale wind power development in federal waters. The nearly $ 3 billion project is an important part of the Biden administration’s plan to increase renewable energy in the US
The approval of the project, which could be completed in about two years, came after decades of debate about the sustainability of US offshore wind. Secretary of the Interior Deb Deband said the approval would create thousands of jobs and is a step toward President Joe Biden’s plan for 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.
“It will create jobs that will support families, boost local economies and address climate injustice,” Haland said. “More importantly, it will create a new generation of clean energy jobs and leave a vibrant planet for future generations.”
The project will include 84 wind turbines located 12 nautical miles from Martha’s Vineyard. The project and the proposed 1,100-MW offshore wind project from Ocean Wind, New Jersey, are keystones in the Biden administration’s push to grow offshore wind to fight climate change and create jobs.
The Vineyard Wind follows the stranded Cape Wind Project, which was the same after some high-profile liberals and conservatives protested. Vineyard Wind supporters have said that the new project is better than Cape Wind, which will be closer to shore, and is in line with today’s political climate.
But Vineyard Wind is also facing opposition. Commercial fishing businesses have said that the growth of offshore wind projects away from the East Coast will make it difficult for them to harvest valuable seafood species such as scallops and lobster.
The Responsible Offshore Development Coalition, a coalition of fishing groups and businesses, characterized the project’s approval as selling to multinational corporations that expect a profit on offshore wind in the US.
The project is a $ 2.8 billion joint venture between Avenged Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Vineyard Wind CEO Lars T. Pederson called the approval “not about the beginning of a single project, but the beginning of a new industry”. He also said that the approval associated with the project project meant “employment, economic benefits and clean energy revolution”.
Environmental groups and clean power advocates rescinded Tuesday’s approval. Heather Zickal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, called it “a historic day for clean energy and for our country” and a sign that renewable energy is on the rise in the US.
“Now is the time to push offshore wind, catch global competitors, and decarbonate our electric grid, so that America can provide economic and environmental benefits to our citizens and combat climate change”, said Zichel said.