The U.S.’ First Offshore Wind Farm Is Officially Producing Power

Offshore wind power is finally a reality in the U.S.: DeepwaterWind’s Block Island Wind Farm is now delivering power to the grid.

The developer has announced that the 30 MW project,having completed its commissioning and testing phases, is now incommercial operations approximately three miles off the coast of BlockIsland, R.I.

According to the American Wind Energy Association(AWEA), the wind farm is supplying 17,000 average homes with energy, aswell as keeping the island’s costs down by displacing expensive dieselgenerators. In addition, AWEA says local fishermen have already reportedthat the newly constructed turbines are acting as artificial reefs.

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