In 2021, President Biden laid out a goal for the United States to have enough offshore wind farms to deploy 30 gigawatts of power across the country by the year 2030. With several farms under construction off the east coast, Biden’s plan is projected to supply over 10 million American homes with a year’s worth of power and introduce thousands of new jobs to the economy.
While New York City is in the process of establishing its wind turbine projects, Rhode Island is currently at the forefront of the clean energy business with the only offshore wind farm in the country. Located a few miles off the shore of Block Island, the Block Island Wind Farm has been producing electricity and jobs for many New England states over the past six years.
Currently, New York state’s first wind farm is under construction; however, many of the jobs are benefiting the residents of Rhode Island, a direct response to Rhode Island’s leading role in the industry. As such, Rhode Island residents are currently reaping the economic benefits of New York’s projects in the form of factory jobs.
With this in mind, New York has more offshore wind farm projects in the works than any other state and will therefore reap many long-term benefits and is likely to take over the role of an industry leader in the United States over the following decades. With five plans for wind farms over the next five years, New York State is planning for at least 10,000 new jobs as a result and an exponential increase in power production.
The New York projects are also pushed along by New York’s statewide goal to produce nine gigawatts of power through wind farm operations by the year 2035. Such ambition not only fuels the economy but clean energy dependence as well.
Outside of state lines, the growing wind farm industry is fueling jobs across the country, including inland states. Supply chains fuel the growth of the steel industry in Alabama, and shipyards in Texas work to develop proper vessels for wind turbine installment. All things considered, Rhode Island’s reign may be coming to an end, but the future of clean energy is only beginning.
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