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US Administration Approves 2.6 GW New England Offshore Wind Project

Last Updated on 02nd April 2024

The US administration has given the green light to the eighth commercial-scale offshore wind project in the United States. This project, known as the New England Wind Project, will be constructed off the coast of Massachusetts. The New England Wind Project will have a production capacity of 2.6 GW, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 900,000 homes.


US Administration Approves New England Offshore Wind Project

This approval is a significant step towards the goal of achieving 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The project's approval comes just a week after the Interior Department approved the Sunrise offshore wind project in New York. These approvals follow a series of attempts by companies, including Equinor, BP, Avangrid, and Shell, to cancel or renegotiate power contracts for commercial-scale U.S. wind farms due to supply chain concerns and high material costs.


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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated, "The Biden-Harris administration has built an offshore wind industry from the ground up after years of delay from the previous administration.". The New England Wind Project, located around 20 nautical miles south of the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, will add to the offshore wind farms in US.


The rise of the offshore wind industry in the US marks a significant shift in the country's energy landscape. It not only contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but also creates new job opportunities in the renewable energy sector. The approval of the New England Wind Project is a clear indication of the US administration's commitment to clean energy and climate change mitigation.


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New England Wind Project Overview


New England Wind: Project location


The New England Wind Project, formerly known as Vineyard Wind South, is a proposed large-scale offshore wind project located south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Here's a breakdown of the project's key details:


The project is divided into two phases:


Phase 1: Park City Wind

The first phase will generate at least 804 MW of electricity with 84 turbines.


Phase 2: Commonwealth Wind

This phase will produce at least 1,232 MW, with total project output reaching up to 2,600 MW  which will power over 900,000 homes.


Project Scope

The project will have up to 129 wind turbine generators (WTGs) and 5 electrical service platforms (ESPs) spread across 130 positions. A separate onshore export cable system, onshore substation, and connection to the existing electrical grid for each project phase, all within the Town of Barnstable.


Project Capacity

The project will generate at least 2,036 megawatts (MW) of electricity (including 804 MW in Phase 1 and at least 1,232 MW in Phase 2) and up to 2,600 MW total.


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