The Biden administration on Wednesday approved plans for a major offshore wind farm to supply power to New York.
Why it matters: The approval to install a dozen turbines near Rhode Island marks a major step in the government’s goal to reach 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in U.S. waters by 2030, powering more than 10 million homes.
Details: The 130-megawatt South Fork Wind project will be the first wind farm to supply power to New York and send power to Long Island, notes the Washington Post.
The big picture: The green light for the South Fork Wind project marks the second commercial offshore wind farm approved by the Biden administration after Vineyard Wind, which is under construction off the coast of Massachusetts.
- The Biden administration plans to identify and lease federal waters along seven coastal areas to offshore wind developers by 2025.
Yes but: Officials need to allay conservationists’ concerns about the effect of wind farms on endangered Wales, those in the fishing industry about their catch and the concerns of coastal homeowners about their sea views, WashPost said.
In the meantime, a $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill passed by House Democrats earlier this month, which includes more than $300 billion in clean energy tax breaks for projects such as building wind turbines, faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
- Changes to the bill are likely, with Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) among those expressing concerns about some aspects of the measure, writes Axios’ Ben Geman.
What they say: Home Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement that there is “no time to lose cultivating and investing in a clean energy economy that can sustain us for generations.”
- “Just a year ago there were no large-scale offshore wind projects approved in United States federal waters. Today there are two, with several on the horizon,” she added.
- New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) said in a statement that with such measures, the state is “addressing the challenges of climate change”.
- “Our industry-leading climate and offshore wind goals require bold action, and moving South Fork Wind forward brings us closer to a cleaner and greener future,” she said.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with comments from Hochul.