The Biden administration on Wednesday approved the construction of a major commercial-scale offshore wind farm to supply electricity to New York.
why it matters: The approval to install a dozen turbines near Rhode Island is a major step in the administration’s ambitious plans to have 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, powering more than 10 million homes.
- Officials see offshore wind as an important tool to help meet the White House’s goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 as part of a broader commitment to combating climate change.
description: The 130-MW South Fork Wind Project will be the first wind farm to power New York, delivering electricity to Long Island. Washington Post Notes,
- The project “creates about 340 jobs and provides enough electricity for about 70,000 homes,” per year. interior department statement,
big picture: The green light for the South Fork Wind project marks the second commercial-scale offshore wind farm approved by the Biden administration after Vineyard Wind, a project off the Massachusetts coast.
- The Biden administration plans to identify and lease federal waters along seven coastal areas to offshore wind power developers by 2025.
yes but: Per Washpost, the Biden administration has to address conservationists’ concerns about the impact of wind farms on endangered Wales, concerns people in the fishing industry about their catches and coastal homeownership about their ocean views. is to be removed.
During this, A $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill passed earlier this month by House Democrats, which includes more than $300 billion in clean energy tax incentives for projects including building wind turbines, faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Is.
- The bill is likely to change, with Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) among those expressing concern over some aspects of the measure, writes Nerdshala’ Ben Geman.
What are they saying: “There is no time to waste time cultivating and investing in a clean energy economy that could sustain us for generations,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.
- “Just a year ago, there were no large-scale offshore wind projects approved in federal waters of the United States. Today there are two, many more are on the horizon,” she said.