According to NBC 10, U.S. interior secretary Deb Haaland joined with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday to mark the groundbreaking of the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. The project is the first of many that will contribute to President Joe Biden’s goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and to Massachusetts’ goal of 5.6 gigawatts by 2030.
The farm will generate 800 megawatts of electricity annually, enough to power more than 400 thousand homes. it will be built by union labor and create hundreds of jobs, Haaland said. In July, The Department Of The Interior’s Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management approved the project to construct 62 wind turbines about 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and 35 miles from mainland Massachusetts.
Another Vineyard Wind Project, Vineyard Wind South, is also under development. Offshore Wind Development is still in early stages in the U.S. which is home to two small projects off Rhode Island and Virginia.