Biden backs plans for large-scale wind farm off of Martha’s Vineyard

The Vineyard Wind project is set to get its final federal permit within months to build the nation’s first utility-scale wind farm. The wind farm, just south of Martha’s Vineyard, would create 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 400,000 homes in New England.

The Interior Department said Monday it has completed an environmental analysis of Vineyard Wind project paving the way for the Biden administration to approve the long-stalled project. If approved, the $2 billion project would be the first utility-scale wind farm in federal waters.

Biden has pledged to double offshore wind production by 2030 to help slow climate change.

Vineyard Wind Chief Executive Officer Lars Pedersen said the company looks “forward to reaching the final step in the federal permitting process and being able to launch an industry that has such tremendous potential for economic development in communities up and down the Eastern Seaboard.”

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