US offshore wind farm sends first power to the grid

An offshore wind project in New England that is expected to be the U.S.’s first large-scale offshore wind farm for the first time delivered power to the electric grid.

The Vineyard Wind project — located off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts — sent power to the New England grid during initial testing. 


When it is completed, the project is expected to have 62 wind turbines that generate enough power for more than 400,000 homes in Massachusetts.


The first power just came from one turbine, though developers say five of the turbines are slated to be up and running early this year


The Biden administration has sought to bolster offshore wind — setting the goal of getting enough power from offshore wind energy to power 10 million homes by 2030


However, the offshore wind industry has seen multiple recent cancellations as high costs create setbacks.


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