Sep 1, 2023

Huge new offshore wind project approved in U.S.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced its approval of the Revolution Wind project. Located off the coast of Rhode Island, it will supply 704 megawatts (MW) of clean energy, more than 16 times the current offshore wind capacity of the United States.

Revolution Wind. A simulated view of the project from Nomans Land, Massachusetts. From BOEM planning document.

Currently, the United States has only a small fraction of the world’s offshore wind power. Its first commercial offshore wind farm, near Block Island in the Atlantic, only began operation in 2016, with a nameplate capacity of 30 megawatts (MW). Since then, it has added just 12 MW, for a total of 42 MW.

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