Biden administration approves fourth commercial-scale offshore wind project
The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a wind energy project off Rhode Island, the fourth major commercial-scale offshore wind energy project approved by the Biden Interior Department.
The Revolution Wind project is set to be located about 15 nautical miles southeast of the town of Point Judith, with a projected capacity of just over 700 megawatts, the Interior Department said in an announcement Tuesday. It follows previously-announced projects off Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey as well as another approved project off Rhode Island.
The administration has set a goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity by the end of the decade, part of a broader goal of cutting U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030. By the middle of the 2030s, the administration aims to deploy another 15 gigawatts of offshore wind through the use of floating turbines.
In a statement, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said she is “more confident than ever” that the U.S. will achieve the wind power goal.
“The Interior Department is committed to the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to the clean energy future and delivering clean, reliable renewable energy to help respond to the climate crisis, lower energy costs, and create good-paying union jobs across the manufacturing, shipbuilding and construction sectors,” Haaland said. “We will continue to maintain open communication and frequent collaboration with federal partners, Tribal Nations, states, industry and ocean users to address potential challenges to and identify opportunities for the continued success of the U.S. offshore wind industry.”
The administration’s goals for wind power installation call for eventual installations along both the east and west coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. In February, the Interior Department announced its first offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf, opening more than 300,000 acres for bid. An earlier lease sale for wind installation in the New York Bight brought a record $4.37 billion.
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