Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated while talking at a meeting on wind power in Boston, Massachusetts.
The government of the United States revealed plans to construct seven major offshore wind farms along the coasts of the country as part of its ambition to supply energy generated from wind to more than 10 million homes by 2030.
The announcement was made by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland while speaking at a conference that took place in Boston, Massachusetts on wind power. She said, “As we progress the administration’s plans to fast-track the nation’s transition to a cleaner energy future, create good-paying jobs, and confront climate change, the interior department is putting in the ambitious roadmap.
In March, President Joe Biden’s administration declared it will heavily invest to enhance offshore wind farms, taking into consideration its efforts to fight climate change.
In addition to supplying wind energy to over 10 million homes by 2030, the administration also plans to generate 30 GW of wind power, create thousands of jobs, and cut the emission of 78 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Haaland added, by 2025, the US government intended to hold up to seven offshore lease sales for waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Central Atlantic, and the Gulf of Maine, as well as, off the coast of Oregon, California, the Carolinas, and New York.
In the United States, currently, only one offshore wind farm is fully operational: the Block Island Wind Farm which is capable of generating 30 MW. Off the state of Rhode Island, this offshore farm was completed at the end of the year 2016.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project completed its first phase in the year 2020 and has the capacity to produce 12 megawatts. The final phase of this offshore farm is anticipated to be completed in 2026 and possibly will supply energy to nearly 600,000 households.
The Biden administration entirely support wind power and is in unambiguous contrast to the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, who during his term, frequently scoff at renewable energy sources, claiming it inefficient and expensive.