In the US, the Biden administration has approved the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, billing it as the launch of a new domestic energy industry that will help eliminate emissions from the power sector.
The announcement made yesterday, fits with U.S. President Joe Biden’s broader agenda to combat global climate change by decarbonizing the nation’s economy.
Approval of the Vineyard Wind project, which will be located 23 km off the coast of Massachusetts, is a significant milestone in the more than decade-long effort to permit a commercial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. waters.
The administration said in the statement that, the Vineyard Wind project is intended to create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes. The developer said, initial construction could begin as soon as this year, and the project will begin delivering electricity to the grid in the second half of 2023.
The project is meant to create 3,600 jobs, delivering on Biden’s campaign promise that fighting climate change by expanding clean energy sources will boost employment.