The decision drew criticism from representatives of the fishing industry, who said that their concerns were not listened to.
The Joe Biden administration has approved the construction of the country’s first major offshore wind farm, calling it the start of a new domestic energy industry that will remove greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.
The announcement fits well with US President Joe Biden’s broader agenda to tackle global climate change through carbon minimization.
However, representatives of the fishing industry were quick to condemn the decision, saying that concerns expressed by the industry about the impact of the project on fish stocks and ship traffic were “met with silence” from government officials.
The Vineyard Wind wind farm is planned to be built 23 kilometers off the coast of Massachusetts.
With only two small offshore wind farms, the US lags behind European countries in the development of this technology.
The goal of the Vineyard Wind project is to generate enough energy to supply 400,000 homes in New England, the administration said in a statement.
The developer said that the first stage of construction could begin as early as this year, and the station will begin to supply the electricity in the second half of 2023.