Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Wind Project to Date

Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Wind Project to Date

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Just three months after entering office, the Biden administration is kicking off its wind power infrastructure vision with the approval of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. With the government’s support, the Vineyard Wind project will begin construction this summer, just 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Proponents of […]

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Vineyard Wind Project Nears Final Approval

Vineyard Wind Project Nears Final Approval

After years of delays, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Vineyard Wind 1, which is located in an area of the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The publication of the EIS puts the wind project one step away from federal approval. 

Why this Matters:  This project has overcome objections from President Trump, local fishers, and even some local environmental organizations.

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Biden Finally Pushes Vineyard Wind Project Forward After Years of Delays

Biden Finally Pushes Vineyard Wind Project Forward After Years of Delays

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In 2018, Vineyard Wind planned to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Martha’s Vineyard — a project that could create thousands of jobs and generated enough energy to serve 400,000 households and businesses. However, this project has been riddled with delays, as the project met regulatory hurdles […]

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New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters.

Why This Matters:  Offshore wind projects are a highly anticipated source of clean, renewable energy — but have been hard to get off the ground so far.

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First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A plan to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Cape Cod— The Vineyard Wind project— has been delayed once again. The project has been delayed over a year as the federal government has requested increasingly rigorous permits.  A final permit for the Vineyard Wind project had been […]

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US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

President Trump has slowed the development of offshore wind in the Atlantic, but the U.S. Coast Guard just completed its study of how wind farms in the ocean off New England would impact ports in the region and its recommendations are “largely in line with a proposal that the five developers that hold leases for offshore wind sites off New England made late last year,” according to State House News Service in Massachusetts

Why This Matters:  Regional fishers advocated for a grid layout with navigation lanes 4 nautical-miles apart — arguing that wider spacing would be necessary “to preserve safe and efficient passage along the routes most often used by fishermen.”

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