The President of the United States, Joe Biden, last Tuesday (11) granted the final approval for “Vineyard Wind”, the first large wind farm in the country. The turbines were installed on the northwest coast of the state of Massachusetts.
The wind farm will feature no fewer than 84 turbines installed 24 kilometers off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, an island in Dukes County. According to the The New York Times, after being ready, the farm should produce 800 megawatts of clean energy. With that, Joe Biden's management takes an important first step towards meeting its climate and energy goals.
Biden said earlier that he wants the country to produce 30 gigawatts (30.000 megawatts) of electricity by the year 2030. The Vineyard Wind electric park covers just over 2,5% of that number. However, as it is the first on this scale, it should pave the way for other such initiatives.
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"A clean energy future is within reach in the United States," said Interior Secretary Deb Halland, in a press release. “The approval of this project is an important step towards advancing the government's goals of creating well-paid union jobs and, at the same time, combating climate change and strengthen our nation, ”she added.
Bridge to the future
To green light given to Vineyard Wind Park, some clean energy experts believe that new wind farms may be on the way, especially on the country's east coast. If all such projects are approved, it is estimated that there will be at least 2.000 wind turbines operating there by the year 2030.
“Today's announcement of the wind project demonstrates that we can combat climate crisis, at the same time as we create high-paying jobs and strengthen our competitiveness in the country and abroad ”, said the secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo to the NYT.
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