White House says huge opportunity to tackle climate change and create tens of thousands of jobs
Joe Biden’s administration has begun approval procedures for the construction of a large wind farm off the coast of New Jersey.
The construction is part of an effort to generate electricity that will supply more than 10 million homes nationwide by 2030.
The White House said achieving this goal means providing employment for more than 44,000 workers and another 33,000 people in related industries.
The power plant will also help cut carbon emissions by 78 million tonnes per year, a key step in the administration’s fight against global warming.
“President Joe Biden believes we have a tremendous opportunity to not only confront the threats of climate change but also to use this situation as an opportunity to create millions of well-paid jobs that will fuel America’s economic recovery,” said White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.
The administration has announced its intention to prepare a formal environmental analysis of the Ocean Wind project off the coast of New Jersey. If implemented, the project could become the third-largest commercial wind farm in the United States.
The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it is targeting offshore wind projects in shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast.
A recent study found the area could support the creation of up to 25,000 development and construction jobs by 2030, the ministry said.
The Ocean Wind power plant, located 24 kilometers from New Jersey, is slated to produce about 1,100 megawatts per year when it goes online in 2024, enough to power 500,000 homes.
The ministry previously announced an environmental review of the Vineyard Wind projects in Massachusetts and the South Fork about 56 kilometers from Montauk on Long Island, New York.
The former is expected to generate around 800 megawatts of electricity, while the latter is expected to generate around 132 megawatts.
Despite the huge interest in offshore wind energy, it is still in its infancy in the United States, significantly inferior in terms of development to Europe.
A small wind farm operates off Block Island in Rhode Island-controlled waters. Another small wind farm operates off the Virginia coast.
The three mentioned large projects, which are under development, belong to European companies or their subsidiaries.
However, not everyone is happy with the development of offshore wind energy. Fishing organizations from Maine to Florida have expressed concerns that large offshore wind farms could render vast ocean areas inaccessible to their operations.