U.S. Approves Atlantic Shores South Wind Project, Boosting Clean Energy Goals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Interior recently greenlit the Atlantic Shores South offshore wind energy project, marking the ninth commercial-scale offshore wind venture approved under the Biden administration. This approval pushes the total approved offshore wind energy capacity to over 13 gigawatts, enough to power nearly five million homes.

Momentum for Clean Energy

“The Biden-Harris administration is building momentum every day for our clean energy future,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. She emphasized that this milestone aligns with the administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore energy by 2030. This vision is part of a broader strategy to address climate change, foster job growth, and promote equitable economic opportunities.

Under President Biden, the U.S. has rapidly expanded its offshore wind capacity. In just three years, the administration has overseen the approval of more than 13 gigawatts of offshore wind projects, creating jobs and clean energy for millions of homes. “[The] approval of an offshore wind project that has a labor agreement with six New Jersey unions reflects the win-win opportunities that we are seizing to benefit local workers and communities,” said Ali Zaidi, National Climate Advisor.

Expanding Offshore Wind Footprint

Since the beginning of the Biden-Harris administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has conducted four offshore wind energy lease sales. These include areas offshore from New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, and the first-ever sales offshore the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts. The Department has also announced plans for up to 12 additional lease sales through 2028.

Details of the Atlantic Shores South Project

The Atlantic Shores South project includes two wind energy facilities—Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1 and 2—and associated export cables. Together, these facilities are expected to generate up to 2,800 megawatts of electricity. This capacity can power nearly one million homes with clean, renewable energy.

Located approximately 8.7 miles offshore New Jersey, Atlantic Shores South proposes up to 200 wind turbine generators and ten offshore substations, with subsea transmission cables potentially making landfall in Atlantic City and Sea Girt, New Jersey. BOEM has approved the construction of up to 195 wind turbine generators.

Advancing U.S. Clean Energy Goals

This approval represents a significant step toward achieving the U.S. clean energy goals. Offshore wind energy is a crucial component of the nation’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. By harnessing wind power, the U.S. can decrease its reliance on fossil fuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Furthermore, the development of offshore wind projects creates numerous job opportunities. From manufacturing and installation to maintenance and operations, these projects provide well-paying jobs for thousands of workers. The labor agreements with local unions, such as those involved in the Atlantic Shores South project, ensure that these benefits extend to local communities.

Advancing Offshore Wind

The swift progress in offshore wind approvals highlights the administration’s commitment to using every available tool to grow the American offshore wind industry. This growth not only strengthens the nation’s power grid but also plays a vital role in tackling the climate crisis.

As the U.S. continues to expand its offshore wind footprint, it sets a precedent for other countries and encourages global efforts to invest in renewable energy. This shift towards sustainable energy sources is essential for a healthier planet and a more stable climate.

The approval of the Atlantic Shores South offshore wind energy project highlights the Biden administration’s dedication to advancing clean energy. By focusing on innovative solutions and collaborative efforts, the U.S. is making significant strides in building a sustainable future. As more projects come online, the nation moves closer to its goal of a resilient, green energy infrastructure that benefits everyone.

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