Biden Admin Plans to Power 10M Homes With Wind Energy by 2030
The Biden administration announced plans Monday to expand offshore wind power along the East Coast by accelerating the permit process for projects, investing in research and development, providing low-interest loans to the industry, and funding changes to American ports.
The plan would bring 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power online by the end of the decade, through about 3,000 industrial-scale turbines. This is enough to power 10 million American homes and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. According to National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy it would also create thousands of jobs, both in the projects’ maintenance and by investing in coastal cities and towns.
Currently, the United States has two online offshore wind farms: one in Rhode Island which generates 30 megawatts, and a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Virginia. There are also about 20 gigawatts worth of projects in various stages of development. In comparison, Europe has 24 gigawatts of operational capacity through offshore wind, and the United Kingdom alone is committed to 40 gigawatts of installed offshore capacity by 2030.