Federal and state officials have announced plans to develop two wind farm sites off the coast of California.
The projects could ultimately generate enough electricity to power about 1.6 million homes, the White House said Tuesday.
Wind power is a key part of President Biden’s plan to shift toward renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The two announced projects are a major step toward the White House’s goal of doubling US offshore wind production by 2030.
“The offshore wind industry has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs across the nation, while combating the negative effects of climate change,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a statement.
One of the project sites would be off the central coast of California while the other would be off Northern California, near the Oregon border. The White House said they would be the first US commercial-scale wind projects off the Pacific Coast.
One goal of the Biden administration is to double US offshore wind production by 2030.Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images
“Developing offshore wind to produce clean, renewable energy could be a game changer to achieving California’s clean energy goals and addressing climate change — all while bolstering