US To Invest Heavily To Boost Offshore Wind Farms
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2021 ) :The US government on Monday unveiled plans to bolster offshore wind farms with the goal of supplying energy to more than 10 million homes by 2030, as part of President Joe Biden's efforts to fight climate change.
The objective of the initiative -- which will be carried out by the departments of commerce, the interior, transport and energy -- is to produce 30 gigawatts of wind power in the country by that date, the White House in a press conference.
Only one offshore wind farm is currently fully operational in the United States: the Block Island Wind Farm, completed at the end of 2016 off the state of Rhode Island and capable of producing 30 megawatts.
The final site is to be completed in 2026 and could supply energy to 600,000 households.
Other projects off Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina are under development.
The agency will also grant $1 million for research into the coexistence between offshore wind projects and coastal communities, in particular fishermen.
The support for wind power is in stark contrast to former president Donald Trump, who repeatedly ridiculed the renewable energy source during his term, claiming it was expensive and inefficient.
Since taking office, Biden has also initiated several environmental protection measures that break with his right-wing predecessor.