U.S. Approves Major Offshore Wind Project off Massachusetts, Advancing Biden’s Climate Goals

U.S. Approves Major Offshore Wind Project off Massachusetts, Advancing Biden’s Climate Goals

On Tuesday, the U.S. Interior Department sanctioned the nation’s eighth large-scale offshore wind farm, set to be established off the Massachusetts coast, capable of supplying electricity to over 900,000 households.

This development is significant as it marks a significant step toward achieving President Joe Biden‘s ambitious target of establishing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030. This initiative is a cornerstone of the president’s strategy to combat climate change.

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This approval follows closely on the heels of another offshore wind project endorsement in New York by the Interior Department.

These recent approvals come after a period where several companies, including Equinor, BP, Avangrid, and Shell, had to either cancel or renegotiate power agreements for large-scale U.S. wind projects due to challenges like supply chain issues and rising material costs.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland remarked, “The Biden-Harris administration has built an offshore wind industry from the ground up after years of delay from the previous administration.”

Positioned about 20 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, the New England Wind project is projected to produce up to 2,600 megawatts of power, illustrating a significant advancement in the U.S.’s renewable energy capabilities.

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