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US President Joe Biden administration approves nation’s first major offshore wind farm

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Vineyard Wind Project

In US, President Joe Biden’s administration has recently 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.

Key Points:

  • The environmental review of the Vineyard Wind project as part of the administration’s broad plan to speed renewable energy development on federal lands and waters will be resumed by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
  • This approval is in line with U.S. President Biden’s broader agenda to combat global climate change by decarbonizing the nation’s economy.
  • The approved Vineyard Wind project will be located 14 miles (23 km) off the coast of Massachusetts.
  • The project is a significant milestone in the more than decade-long effort to permit a commercial-scale offshore wind project in U.S. waters.

Significance:

  • The project is intended to create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.
  • 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.

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