Sustainable Energy

America's first offshore wind farm is up and running

A boat passes one of the wind turbines of the Block Island Wind Farm on October 14, 2016 off the shores of Block Island, Rhode Island.
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America's first offshore wind farm has commenced commercial operations and is now sending electricity to New England's grid, it was announced on Monday.

The Block Island Wind Farm is located off the cost of Rhode Island and is a 30 megawatt, five turbine installation. A submarine transmission cable system is linking the energy produced by the wind farm to the grid, offshore developer Deepwater Wind said on Monday.

"Rhode Island is proud to be home to the nation's first offshore wind farm – and I'm proud to be the only governor in America who can say we have steel in the water and blades spinning over the ocean," Gina M. Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, said