Interior advances two New England offshore wind projects

By Heather Richards | 02/26/2024 01:29 PM EST

If built, the wind farms could power nearly 1 million homes.

An offshore wind farm.

An offshore wind farm. Jens Dresling/Polfoto/AP

This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. EST.
This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. EST.

The Biden administration on Monday advanced two massive offshore wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts that have faced economic woes challenging whether they will be built.

The Avangrid projects, Park City Wind and Commonwealth Wind, would be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and just south of the first major offshore wind farm in the U.S., the Vineyard Wind project that is under construction.


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday released a joint environmental analysis for the projects, which combined could power nearly 1 million homes. The document explores the impacts constructing and operating the large wind farms could have on the environment, marine life like the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and industries like tourism and fishing.