Archive for August, 2016

Construction finishes on the first US offshore wind farm

Friday, August 19th, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm has finished.

Deepwater Wind built a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski tweeted a photo of the five turbines on Thursday and said that the wind farm is now fully constructed.

The final blade for the fifth turbine was installed Thursday.

The wind farm is expected to be operational this fall after testing is complete.

The $300 million project is expected to power about 17,000 homes.

Developers, federal regulators and industry experts say the opening will pave the way for many more wind farms that will eventually provide power for many Americans.

Grybowski says the wind farm’s opening will be a “momentous occasion.”

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Three Is Not a Crowd off Block Island

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern has installed three of the five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm.

This is the first offshore wind farm to be installed in US waters and the first project Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has worked on outside of Europe.

“The first turbine on this landmark project was installed on 4th August. Installation is progressing well and on schedule,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager, Eskil Røset.

All five Haliade 150-6MW turbines are expected to be installed by early September.

The wind farm is planned for full commissioning by the end of the year.

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One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Construction on the country’s first offshore wind farm began last spring, off the coast of Rhode Island, and the project is expected to be fully operational later this fall.

With an installed capacity of 30 megawatts, the five-turbine Deepwater Wind wind farm will generate enough electricity to supply all of Block Island’s needs, while also sending some to mainland Rhode Island. This will be a clean, affordable and welcome development for Block Island’s residents, who have long had to rely on imported, expensive and polluting diesel fuel for energy.

“Today’s turbine installation shows that offshore wind power is a real, viable option for states along the coast to transition to clean energy,” said Miles Grant, a National Wildlife Federation spokesman. “This can and must be the beginning of something big – a new clean energy chapter for America that can create thousands of jobs and protect wildlife and communities from the dangers of climate change.”

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo also celebrated the milestone, tweeting:

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This progress is happening at a time when support for growing wind power has never been higher: 91 percent of likely voters want to expand wind energy, according to a recent poll. And this support is truly bipartisan, with 82 percent of self-described conservatives saying they think transitioning to a clean energy economy is important.

Stay tuned for more updates on Deepwater Wind’s progress on this historic project throughout the fall.

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