Rhode Island Officials Recommend Approval of Block Island Wind Farm

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A subcommittee of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approval of what could be the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
The Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC) is the nation’s first 1,000 MW-scale offshore regional energy center. As the first of the “second generation” of offshore wind farms in the United States, it is larger, farther from shore, capable of producing cheaper electricity, and uses newer technology than offshore wind projects proposed in the United States to date. DWEC is planned as a 200 turbine project with an approximate nameplate capacity of 1,000 MW.
Deepwater Wind plans to sell the electricity generated from DWEC to multiple states in the northeast via a transmission system connected to southern New England and Long Island. DWEC is located in southern Rhode Island Sound, with most turbines located more than 20 miles from the mainland. DWEC will produce enough electricity to power approximately 350,000 homes and displace over 1.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off of the road or 40 million barrels of foreign oil imports