Wed, 26 Jan 2022

WASHINGTON D.C.: The White House has announced that it is planning to construct a large-scale wind farm off Rhode Island, the country's second, after a similar project got underway in Massachusetts, to supply power to New York.

The Interior Department is expected to grant approval for the plant, which aims to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 to power some 10 million homes.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said, "We have no time to waste in cultivating and investing in a clean energy economy that can sustain us for generations."

The project, which will generate approximately 130-megawatts, will be located 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 miles east of Montauk Point, New York, will eventually power some 70,000 homes on Long Island and create more than 300 jobs, the Biden administration said.

The Interior Department has adopted "a range of measures" to "avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential impacts that could result from the construction and operation of the proposed project," and has consulted with tribes, local governments, and industries, it stated.

The first major offshore project, an 800-megawatt wind farm some 15 miles off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, whose construction began last week, is expected to begin providing power to the grid in 2023.

The construction of at least 16 offshore wind energy facilities by 2025 is planned by the administration.

While many countries have already expanded their renewable energy capabilities by utilizing offshore wind projects to lower carbon emissions, the U.S. is a latecomer in this area.

According to a recent report by the Global Wind Energy Council, a total of 6.1 gigawatts of electricity was generated worldwide by new offshore wind projects last year, with China leading globally with more than 3 gigawatts, followed by the Netherlands with 1.5 gigawatts, and Belgium with 706 megawatts.

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