On Tuesday, the Biden administration officially green- lit the country’s largest offshore wind farm.
It’s slated to be installed off the coast of Massachusetts and is the first step in President Joe Biden’s ambitious push to finally get the U.S. in the offshore wind game.
Vineyard Wind will be the first commercial-scale wind farm in the U.S.
Currently, the nation is home to two offshore wind farms, comprised of just seven wind turbines near Rhode Island and Virginia.
The federal approval of Vineyard Wind could start to change that, contributing to achieving the Biden administration’s goal of producing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
The White House estimates that the project will create about 3,600 jobs (its offshore wind plan calls for creating 77,000 direct jobs in offshore wind by the end of the decade).
Seven coastal states have also set offshore wind targets of their own that together, if achieved, would bring 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power online by 2035. »