Construction begins on the first major offshore wind farm in the United States.

This photo, taken June 13, 2017, shows the Black Island wind farm, Rhode Island.

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The start of construction on Thursday marks another step for the US Coast Guard. In the waters, 15 miles from the Martha Vineyard near the Massachusetts Cape Code, the 800-megawatt Vinyl Wind 1 facility is expected to start sending grid energy by 2023.

Vineyard Wind 1 A 50-50 joint venture between Vineyard Wind LLC Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewal is being developed by Vineyard Wind LLC. The latter is Avangridid, with 81.5% owned by Iberdrola, headquartered in Spain.

Like the Wind Yard, Covel Beach at Barnstable is “a place where two cables fall to the ground and meet the grid at the distribution center between the Cape Code Extra.” The wind farm generates electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts and uses 62 General Electric giant HYD-X turbines.

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The project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year. That equates to removing 325,000 cars a year, says Vineyard Wind.

“The U.S. coastal wind industry has high hopes for job creation and reducing carbon pollution, and today’s landslides are historic, but they are the first of many steps the industry will take,” said Christian T. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is a co-founder and co-founder.

Skakkebæk “CIP is thrilled to be a part of this first project, and we look forward to investing in the United States and building a coastal wind industry.

Elsewhere, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theodoraides said:

The US owns a well-developed coastal wind industry, and the country’s first offshore wind farm 30MW Block Island Wind Farm began operations in late 2016.

A.D. March 2021 Department of Energy, Internal Affairs and Trade They say they want to generate 30 gigabytes of coastal wind by 2030, a move that will create thousands of jobs and raise billions of dollars.

Despite these plans, the United States still has a long way to go before it can be considered a viable coastal market in Europe.

Last year, the sector received 3 26.3 billion (29. 29.7 billion) in funding for new offshore wind projects, according to Windows. A.D. By 2020, 2.9 GW of offshore wind power will be installed in Europe, according to the industry.

Although the US is seeking to increase its naval potential, the challenge of extracting fossil fuels is huge. Just this week, the United States auctioned off oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

In January, President Joe Biden signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Secretary of State for Home Affairs to end new contracts for oil and natural gas leases on public land and water and to begin an in-depth investigation into existing oil and gas licenses.

In June, however, a federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction ordering the resumption of delayed lease plans for Gulf and Alaska waters.

The United States Department of Justice is asking the court to overturn the judge’s order.

—NBC’s Emma Newberger contributed to this report

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