29 Jun '15, 7am

How a tiny diesel-powered island is becoming a U.S. wind hub

How a tiny diesel-powered island is becoming a U.S. wind hub

Located just 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, and just 14 miles east of Long Island’s Montauk Point, Block Island (pop. ~1,000) has been called one of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere. The island boasts 17 miles of beaches, 365 freshwater ponds, 250-foot bluffs and 150 bird species. Now the island is about to become well known for another reason — it soon will be home to the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The high price of island living So many people want to enjoy the beauty of Block Island, the population rises from 1,000 year-round residents to 15,000–20,000 people in the summer. However, the beauty and seclusion come at a price. Residents pay some of the highest electricity retail prices in the nation, up to $0.50 per kWh in the summer months. Block Island Power Company (BIPCo) provides electricity to the island’s residents with di...

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