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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. This project will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the United States — it will have 62 GE turbines and cost just over $2 billion. Its 800 megawatts of electricity will connect to the grid via two export cables buried under the seabed across Nantucket Sound, making landfall at Barnstable, Massachusetts.
After the BOEM’s approval, the project will be formally authorized 30 days later, in April. Next, according to Electrek, “Vineyard Wind 1 is expected to reach financial close in the second half of 2021 and go live in late 2023.”
Vineyard Wind CEO Lars T. Pedersen said of the decision, “More than three years of federal review and public comment is nearing its conclusion and 2021 is poised to be a momentous year for our project and the broader offshore wind industry. Offshore wind is a historic opportunity to build a new industry that will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, reduce electricity rates for consumers and contribute significantly to limiting the impacts of climate change.”
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As more people around the nation are taking to the roads and skies for their vaccinated vacations, one car rental company is making it easier for folks to not only travel in style, but travel green. Hertz has announced that it will be purchasing 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022 alongside an […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
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