Sustainability Infrastructure

In historic move, Biden administration approves first major offshore wind farm in the US

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  • The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the approval of the construction of a new wind farm.
  • Up to 84 turbines will be installed with the potential to create “tens of thousands” of jobs.
  • This is part of Biden’s plan to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The Biden administration made history on Tuesday as it approved the first large-scale wind turbine project in the U.S.

Announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Vineyard Wind energy project will generate 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030 — a target that will spur the creation of “tens of thousands” of union jobs.

The project, named for its planned location off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts, is expected to create at most 84 wind turbines, resulting in 3,600 jobs in the immediate future and power to about 400,000 homes. 

“A clean energy future is within our grasp in the United States. The approval of this project is an important step toward advancing the Administration’s goals to create good-paying union jobs while combatting climate change and powering our nation,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Today is one of many actions we are determined to take to open the doors of economic opportunity to more Americans.”


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Fostering a strong renewable energy sector has been a priority within the Biden administration’s agenda in the larger goal to move the U.S. to a net-zero carbon economy by 2030. Overhauling the nation’s infrastructure to be centered on sustainability and slashing fossil fuel emissions is a critical component of achieving this goal. 

Building a more insular energy economy is also part of Biden’s job creation plans. 

“Today’s offshore wind project announcement demonstrates that we can fight the climate crisis, while creating high-paying jobs and strengthening our competitiveness at home and abroad,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Aside from the forthcoming Vineyard Winds project, two other wind turbines farms — off of Rhode Island and Virginia waters — are operational.