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America's First Offshore Wind Farm Ready to Launch

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By    |   Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 09:08 AM

The offshore wind farm just off the coast of Block Island, R.I., has had its finishing touches and is ready to power an estimated New England 1,700 homes this fall, despite flack from critics of the expense and marginal power benefits of the project, as the Washington Post reports.

The wind farm is a five-turbine, 30-megawatt project by Deepwater Wind, a scaled-down version of the larger farms popular in Europe. It is the first of its kind in the United States, which has blocked similar projects, like one of Martha's Vineyard, as the Post reported.

"Something had to be first," Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Winds' CEO, told the paper. "Some project had to be successful in order for the U.S. to be able to begin taking advantage of this huge resource."

The opposition, calling it "an expensive eyesore," for Block Island's farm failed to stall the project in federal court. Deepwater Wind, under a 20-year agreement with region utility provider National Grid, will get 24 center per kilowatt hour, while the average American pays about $0.123, the report stated.

"It's not unanimous, but I don't know that there's an energy project anywhere in the world that is unanimously praised," the CEO told the Post. "I think the folks who think the process was insufficient are really upset that they didn't win."

Proponents see a clean renewal energy resource, which is an alternative to the 1 million gallons of diesel fuel Block Island burns in a year to power "unreliable generators," according to the report.

"We won't have these ups and downs that we've had with the [diesel] engines," Clifford McGinnes, the co-owner of Block Island Power. "I can't wait to shut them down. There's always a problem."

Construction began 13 months ago on the farm three miles off the coast of southeastern Block Island.

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