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The US DOI approves 1.8 GW New England Wind offshore project

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved its eight offshore wind project, the 1.8 GW New England Wind offshore wind project proposed by Avangrid (the US affiliate of Iberdrola). The New England Wind project, located around 37 km south of the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, will be developed in two phases, 791 MW New England Wind 1 and 1,080 MW New England Wind 2, comprising up to 129 wind turbines. The Construction and Operations Plan (COP) Approval is anticipated for July 2024; construction could start as early as 2025 with commissioning in 2029.

With the approval of the New England Wind project, the US has awarded more than 10 GW marking a milestone on its target to install 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 15 GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2035 (only 42 MW of offshore wind were operational at the end of 2022).

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