CENTERVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Local, state and federal officials were on Cape Cod Thursday for the groundbreaking of the Vineyard Wind project.
The project is the first utility-scale offshore wind energy project in the United States, located over 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The project is designed to generate clean, renewable and affordable energy while reducing the amount of carbon emissions.
“We now have gigabyte galore all the way up and down the eastern seaboard with states, industries, businesses and investors,” said Governor Charlie Baker while addressing the scope of the project. However, Baker thought the project should have been enacted much sooner.
“If we truly want to get where we need to go as fast as we need to go on this stuff, we’ve got to figure out a way to move a little faster.”
In agreement, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said “we cannot delay” the response to the climate crisis and that the crisis "demands our immediate attention.”
The ceremony was held at the site where the first transmission cables connecting the turbines to the electric grid will be placed. These cables will be buried beneath the ocean floor and connect to an onshore electricity grid. More information about Vineyard Wind and their projects can be found on their website.