All told, more than 300 local workers were involved with building the Block Island Wind Farm. Deepwater Wind used four Rhode Island ports – at Block Island, Galilee, Quonset Point and ProvPort – to complete construction and staging.
Connecting Block Island to the mainland grid for the first time – reliable, renewable energy that will reduce island electric rates by an estimated 40 percent and diversify Rhode Island’s power supply.
Info for Mariners
To keep the wind farm up and running, we’ll be performing routine operations and maintenance activities at the project site. Be sure to check our Information for Mariners page for the latest information and notices.
America’s First Offshore Wind Farm
The first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, 5 turbine Block Island Wind Farm began commercial operations in December 2016.
Deepwater Wind Outlines Industry-Leading Approach to Prevent Damage to Fishing Gear at its Offshore Wind Farms
First U.S. Offshore Wind Developer to Adopt Plan to Prevent Impacts on Fishing Gear Providence, R.I. – July 12, 2018 – Deepwater Wind today adopted a first-of-its-kind procedure designed to prevent impacts to commercial fishing gear from offshore wind energy activities. The procedure was develo...Read More
Cutting-Edge Technology at Block Island Wind Farm Helping Scientists Track Bird and Bat Activity Offshore
Project will aid researchers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, URI and UMass as they study migration of Atlantic Coast species Providence, R.I. – September 18, 2017 – Deepwater Wind is partnering with researchers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Rhode Island (URI) a...Read More
Block Island Wind Farm Lauded for Groundbreaking Innovation
America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Honored with Regional and Global Awards Providence, R.I. – June 12, 2017 – The Block Island Wind Farm was honored this month with two awards recognizing the project for its innovation and groundbreaking achievement as America’s first offshore win...Read More
Block Island Wind Farm Breezes Through “Stella”
Strong performance during this season’s worst winter conditions Providence, R.I. – March 16, 2017 – The Block Island Wind Farm posted an impressive performance as winter storm Stella barreled through Rhode Island earlier this week. All five turbines at the wind farm three miles off Block I...Read More
America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up
Block Island Wind Farm begins commercial operations The Block Island Wind Farm is now operational, the first offshore wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid. Deepwater Wind announced today that the Block Island Wind Farm has completed its commissioning and testing phases and begu...Read More
GE Energy Financial Services and Citi Provide Tax Equity Financing to Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm
First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm on Track for First Energy this Year BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. - OCTOBER 11, 2016: GE (NYSE: GE) unit, GE Energy Financial Services, and Citi today announced the closing of tax equity financing on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind far...Read More
Block Island Wind Farm Installation Vessel Completes Transatlantic Journey, Arriving This Weekend in Rhode Island Providence, R.I. – July 28, 2016 – The Block Island Wind Farm’s main turbine installation vessel – Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern – is expected to arrive in Rhode Is...Read More
America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Entering Final Construction Stage
Block Island Wind Farm remains on-schedule; vessels, crew and equipment mobilizing for August installation Providence, R.I. – July 25, 2016 – Deepwater Wind will soon embark on the final stage of construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, a complex operation that will feature some of the indus...Read More
Turbine Blades Arrive in Rhode Island; Crews Readying for Busy Construction Season
Providence, R.I. – June 28, 2016 – Offshore construction activities are beginning to ramp up for the Block Island Wind Farm, with the arrival this week of the 240-foot long turbine blades at Deepwater Wind and GE’s assembly facility at ProvPort. This morning, local stevedores began offloadi...Read More