Block Island offshore wind farm

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Operational

Electrical contractors help power new Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of mainland Rhode Island.

The nation’s newest wind farm isn’t harnessing energy on a mountain ridge or an open field. Instead, its turbines’ blades are spinning over the Atlantic Ocean — just 16 miles off the coast of mainland Rhode Island.

Fully operational in December, the Block Island Wind Farm is the nation’s first commercial offshore wind farm with five turbines that generate a total capacity of 30MW. The output from the wind farm connects to Block Island, a tourist destination formerly depende

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