Massachusetts and the East Coast may have just taken a major step towards a future powered not by oil and gas, but the abundant winds off our shores.
In March, Vineyard Wind, a planned commercial-scale wind farm slated to operate off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, cleared an important hurdle as the Biden administration completed the environmental review process for the project. The 800-megawatt wind farm would have the capacity to power 400,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses.
“We applaud the Biden administration for helping clear the way on this project,” said Hannah Read, go big on offshore wind associate for our national research partner, Environment America Research and Policy Center. “We are on the brink of unlocking an incredible amount of renewable energy potential, and this is just the beginning.”
Offshore wind projects all along the Atlantic coast are undergoing a similar review process. Their approval could provide clean electricity for millions more homes.
Photo: A wind farm off the coast of the UK. Asian and European countries have adopted offshore wind far more quickly than the U.S. Credit: Andy Dingley via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 3.0