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-- DEP Staff Get Up-Close Look At Offshore Wind Farm In Rhode Island
Staff from DEP's Policy and Energy offices attended a tour of the nation's first offshore wind farm on Sept. 14 as part of the annual meeting for the National Association of State Energy Officials in Providence, Rhode Island.
(Photo: Hayley Book, Deputy Director of DEP's Office of Policy, toured the Block Island Wind farm test project.)
Deepwater Wind has developed the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States, off the coast of Rhode Island. Construction is completed, and it is expected to begin operation by the end of the year.
The Block Island Wind Farm has five 6-megawatt wind turbines that will supply most of Block Island’s power. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this small test project will generate enough electricity to power 17,000 homes in New England.
There are over 2,000 wind turbines off the coast of Europe, but these are the first so far in the United States.For more information, visit DEP’s website, Like DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.