(CNN)The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is moving forward with the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind project, a significant step toward achieving President Joe Biden’s goal of increasing US renewable energy production.
The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project, set to be located about 12 nautical miles off the shore of Martha’s Vineyard, will include up to 84 turbines, according to an announcement from the Departments of the Interior and Commerce.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland described the project’s approval as “an important step toward advancing the Administration’s goals to create good-paying union jobs while combating climate change and powering our nation.”
“Today is one of many actions we are determined to take to open the doors of economic opportunity to more Americans,” she said in a statement.
Earlier this year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed its environmental review of the project, estimated to create 3,600 jobs and power 400,000 homes and businesses, according to the Interior Department.
Renewable energy has been a focus of the Biden administration since early in the President’s tenure. In late J
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