Fishing industry recedes as first commercial-grade offshore wind farm advances
The commercial fishing industry has retreated as the Vineyard Wind I project, the first commercial-grade offshore wind farm in the United States, advances.
The project is part of President Joe Biden’s goal of having 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, as well as Massachusetts’s goal of 5.6 gigawatts by 2030, the US secretary said. inside Deb Haaland in Barnstable, a Cape Cod town.
Haaland attended the project’s inauguration Thursday with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Two transmission cables will be laid to connect Vineyard Wind 1 to the mainland during the early stages of construction of the project, the Associated Press reported.
A legal challenge was filed in September against the approval of Vineyard Wind 1 by the Home Office’s Office of Ocean Energy Management to the U.S. 1st Court of Appeals in Boston by the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, a coalition of commercial fishing groups.
The alliance said the approval of the wind farm “adds unacceptable risk to this sustainable industry without any effort to minimize unreasonable interference with traditional and well-managed seafood production and navigation.”
In addition, the group also said that the design of the project places the turbines too close to each other for ships to navigate safely in rough sea conditions and does not talk about the effect on fish populations. .
âThis is an unprecedented decision by BOEM, and it is essential that they do it right so that future projects follow a reliable roadmap instead of a flawed and dangerous example,â said Anne Hawkins , executive director of RODA, Martha Vineyard’s Times reported. “Unfortunately, this lawsuit is the only recourse available to fishermen to ensure that the concerns of fishing communities are taken into account.”
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The farm will produce 800 megawatts of electricity per year, enough to power more than 400,000 homes. It will be built by unions and create hundreds of jobs, Haaland said.
âVineyard Wind 1 represents a historic milestone in advancing our country’s clean energy production,â said Haaland. “This project and others across the country will create strong, sustainable economies that will empower communities and support well-paying jobs, while ensuring a liveable planet for future generations.”
In July, the Home Office’s Office of Ocean Energy Management approved plans to build 62 wind turbines about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and 35 miles from mainland Massachusetts.
Another Vineyard Wind project – Vineyard Wind South – is also in development.
The development of offshore wind is still in its infancy in the United States, which is home to two small projects off Rhode Island and Virginia.