Biden admin OKs seventh offshore wind project

By Heather Richards | 03/26/2024 01:46 PM EDT

Sunrise Wind’s Rhode Island venture had struggled with the industry’s rising costs.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Sunrise Wind project Tuesday, an 84-turbine venture planned off the coast of Rhode Island that had been hammered by the new industry’s cost issues.

The 924-megawatt wind farm, which would send electricity to the grid in New York, is the seventh offshore wind project approved by the Biden administration, which has committed to clearing 16 offshore wind proposals by next year.

Offshore wind holds a prominent place in President Joe Biden’s climate agenda despite cost pressures and supply chain challenges that have plagued the nascent industry over the last 18 months.


“BOEM and our partners remain focused on implementing the Biden-Harris administration’s vision of approving 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030,” agency Director Elizabeth Klein said. “Through constructive, broad-based engagement, we are navigating potential conflicts and advancing the responsible growth of offshore wind.”