Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Biden Admin Advances First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Project

Biden Admin Advances First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Project
If approved, the wind farm will be built off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. MR1805 / Getty Images

The first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. cleared a final hurdle on Monday when the Interior Department announced it has completed the Vineyard Wind project's final environmental review.

The $2.8 billion project, repeatedly delayed by the Trump administration, would be constructed a dozen miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard and will consist of 84 turbines generating about 800 megawatts of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes in New England beginning in 2023.

The project must still receive final sign-off from the Army Corp of Engineers and NOAA in no more than 30 days.

BOEM Director Amanda Lefton hailed the approval as a "really significant step" in the U.S. offshore industry, which lags far behind its European counterparts.

"This is the day the U.S. offshore wind industry has been anxiously awaiting for years," said the Business Network for Offshore Wind's Liz Burdock.

"Today's announcement provides the regulatory greenlight the industry needs to attract investments and move projects forward."

For a deeper dive:

AP, Washington Post, Politico Pro, Reuters, E&E, Financial Times, SPG Global, The Hill

For more climate change and clean energy news, you can follow Climate Nexus on Twitter and Facebook, sign up for daily Hot News, and visit their news site, Nexus Media News.

David Attenborough narrates "The Year Earth Changed," premiering globally April 16 on Apple TV+. Apple

Next week marks the second Earth Day of the coronavirus pandemic. While a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions has limited our ability to explore the natural world and gather with others for its defense, it is still possible to experience the wonder and inspiration from the safety of your home.

Read More Show Less
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Michael Svoboda

For April's bookshelf we take a cue from Earth Day and step back to look at the bigger picture. It wasn't climate change that motivated people to attend the teach-ins and protests that marked that first observance in 1970; it was pollution, the destruction of wild lands and habitats, and the consequent deaths of species.

Read More Show Less
An Amazon.com Inc. worker walks past a row of vans outside a distribution facility on Feb. 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images

Over the past year, Amazon has significantly expanded its warehouses in Southern California, employing residents in communities that have suffered from high unemployment rates, The Guardian reports. But a new report shows the negative environmental impacts of the boom, highlighting its impact on low-income communities of color across Southern California.

Read More Show Less
Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab's sample of the whitest paint on record. Purdue University / Jared Pike

Scientists at the University of Purdue have developed the whitest and coolest paint on record.

Read More Show Less

Less than three years after California governor Jerry Brown said the state would launch "our own damn satellite" to track pollution in the face of the Trump administration's climate denial, California, NASA, and a constellation of private companies, nonprofits, and foundations are teaming up to do just that.

Read More Show Less