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The Biden administration approved the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project on Tuesday, marking it as the nation’s largest offshore wind farm.
Situated 23.5 nautical miles from Virginia Beach, this project is the fifth commercial-scale offshore wind initiative to receive approval, all of which have been sanctioned under the current administration.
Once operational, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, encompassing potentially 176 wind turbines, is projected to power between 660,000 to 900,000 homes. The varying figures result from different calculation methods, as explained by Dominion Energy and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated, “Today’s approval of the largest offshore wind project in U.S. history builds on the undeniable momentum we are seeing.” She further emphasized the collaborative spirit, mentioning the joint efforts of “the labor community, industry, Tribes, and partners” to achieve the nation’s clean energy milestones.