30 Oct '17, 8pm

America's Wind Energy Future Looks Seaward

America's Wind Energy Future Looks Seaward

America's Wind Energy Future Looks Seaward October 30, 2017 Rough ocean waters surround the Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first offshore wind farm. Its five Halide 6-MW turbines installed by Deepwater Wind are supplying the majority of the island’s electricity. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL 40481 Located 2.8 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm is the United States' first commercial offshore wind plant. Its five turbines are capable of generating a total of 30 MW of power—enough to allow the Block Island Power Company to turn off its diesel-operated generators. As of May 1, 2017, the island's 2,000 electric customers receive almost all of their energy from offshore wind—and the island uses only a fraction of the power produced. (An undersea cable delivers excess energy to the mainland.) Nearly 2,000 miles away at the foot of the R...

Full article: https://www.nrel.gov/news/features/2017/americas-wind-ene...

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