A second commercial-scale offshore wind farm was approved by the Biden administration just one week after the first was laid.
The South Fork Wind Project, which will be off the coasts of Rhode Island and New York, is part of the President Joe BidenThe company’s plan to have 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The US Department of the Interior announced approval of the project on Wednesday.
In an effort to build infrastructure, create jobs, and mitigate global warming, the Biden administration has announced a plan to build seven offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern and western coasts of the United States, according to T.It’s the Associated Press. The 30 gigawatts of power that will be produced from offshore wind energy will be able to power more than 10 million homes.
South Fork Wind is estimated to generate electricity for about 70,000 homes, and produce about 130 megawatts. Its transmission system will connect to an electrical grid on Long Island, New York. This means it will be that state’s first marine farm.
New York Gov. Cathy Hochhol said the state “is taking the challenges of climate change head-on” through climate and offshore wind goals.
“Moving South Fork Wind forward brings us closer to a cleaner, greener future,” she said in a statement.
The United States built its first offshore wind farm with five turbines in 2016 off Block Island, Rhode Island. The company that operates the wind farm, Orsted, which has acquired farm developer Deepwater Wind, will help develop South Fork Wind with Eversource, an electronic services company.
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The Ministry of the Interior has approved the construction of up to 12 turbines. Leaders at Orsted and Eversource celebrated the announcement, touting the project’s potential to reduce air pollution, help combat climate change and boost the economy by creating jobs.
Coastal regulators in Rhode Island gave the project Cash approval this spring over the objections of the fishing industry and some environmentalists. Commercial fishing firms have said planned offshore wind projects off the east coast will make it difficult to harvest valuable seafood species such as scallops and lobsters. Some conservation groups fear that the large turbines will kill the birds.
The Vineyard Wind 1 project located off the coast of Massachusetts is expected to produce about 800 megawatts, enough power for more than 400,000 homes. The first steps of construction will include laying two transmission cables connecting the wind farm to the mainland.
The administration expects to review at least 16 construction and operation plans for commercial offshore wind power facilities by 2025.
“We have no time to waste on farming and investing in a clean energy economy that can support us for generations,” the Minister of the Interior Deep Haaland He said in a statement. “Only a year ago, there were no large-scale offshore wind projects approved in US federal waters. Today there are two, and there are many more on the horizon.”