First commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the US gets federal approval

Deepwater wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island, R.I.: Deepwater Wind offshore wind farm at Block Island, Rhode Island on August 14, 2016. | Photo by Mark Harrington/Newsday RM via Getty Images

The first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the US just got the green light from the Biden administration. The approval has the potential to dramatically grow the nation’s wind energy sector after years of regulatory limbo for proposed offshore projects.

The Interior Department (DOI) granted the Vineyard Wind project permission to install up to 84 turbines off the coast of Massachusetts. Once completed, the project will be able to generate up to 800 megawatts (MW), enough electricity for 400,000 homes. That’s a dramatic scaling up of existing offshore wind capacity in the US. There are currently only two small developments off the East Coast and those can only generate a combined 42 megawatts of…

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Author: Justine Calma