One of the first offshore wind farms in the US to begin providing electricity to Block Island

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New offshore project will be providing much needed energy to Block Island The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin producing electricity for Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. The electricity will be distributed by the Block Island Power Company, which has been looking to distance itself from fossil-fuels for some time. The company has been importing nearly 1 million gallons of diesel fuel every year for decades. This has become an expensive endeavor, and Block Island is prone to frequent energy shortages…

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The past year has been a major success for offshore wind energy

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Energy Information Agency reports that the offshore wind energy market is poised for further expansion The Energy Information Agency has released a new report highlighting the strong growth that the clean energy sector saw in the United States in 2016. Notably, offshore wind energy has experienced a magnificent year of growth and support, particularly along the East Coast, where offshore projects have established a significant presence. The United States is home to a great deal of offshore wind potential, but the country only began seeking to tap into its offshore…

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One of the world’s first offshore wind energy system goes live in the United States

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Offshore wind energy system could provide power to more than 17,000 homes Off the coast of Rhode Island, one of the world’s first offshore wind energy farms has begun operation. Deepwater Wind, which developed the new wind farm, believes that the new offshore system can generate enough electricity to power 17,000 average homes. Jedd Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, notes that “We see this being a big industry, we see offshore wind producing a lot of energy for the United States, particularly here in the Northeast where the winds are…

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Country’s first offshore wind energy system to begin generating electricity

Block Island Wind Farm will soon begin operation The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is expected to begin operation in the coming days. The wind farm is located off the coast of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind is behind the development of this project. Before it can begin feeding electricity into the energy grid, however, the project faces one last hurdle: It must win the approval of New England’s energy regulators. If approval is granted, the electricity that the offshore wind energy system generates will be…

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First offshore wind energy system in the US begins producing electricity

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun generating electrical power The United States’ first offshore wind energy system has begun operation. Located off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm features five turbines that stand 589 feet tall. Called the Block Island Wind Farm, the new offshore wind energy system began operation earlier this week. The energy system is expected to be in full operation later this month, generating enough electricity to power 17,000 homes, effectively meeting the energy needs of approximately 4% of households in Rhode Island. Offshore…

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First offshore wind energy project in the US on track to generate electricity

Progress on first US offshore wind energy system is being made The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is on track to begin generating electricity. The wind farm is being built by Deepwater Wind and is taking form off the coast of Rhode Island. Offshore wind farms have faced opposition in the United States in the past. Many have questioned the environmental impact of these energy projects, expressing concern that offshore wind turbines could damage marine life. In recent years, however, offshore wind has gathered significant support,…

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Offshore wind energy is making progress in New England

Region begins moving away from fossil-fuels in favor of clean power The New England region of the United States, which is comprised of six states, is leading the way in renewable energy adoption. The region has been moving away from fossil-fuels quite aggressively.  In 2014, two states in the region, Rhode Island and Vermont, used very little coal to generate electricity. Now, Rhode Island is set to play host to one of the country’s first offshore wind energy systems, called the Block Island Wind Farm. Block Island Wind Farm could…

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First offshore wind energy system begins operation in the US

Deepwater Wind has successfully completed a stage of its ambitious offshore project The United States now has its first operational offshore wind energy system. Two large wind turbines have been installed off the coast of Rhode Island. These are the first wind turbines to be installed in U.S. waters. Deepwater Wind, a prominent wind developer, is behind the project, and expects to install three more wind turbines in the same area by the end of this month. The developer has ambitious plans when it comes to the development of offshore…

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New York to release blueprint concerning offshore wind energy development

State will release a blueprint outlining plans to boost wind capacity New York State is preparing to release a blueprint for its plans to develop offshore wind energy capacity. The blueprint aims to outline the development of some 1,430 wind turbines, which would be installed off of the coast of New Jersey and Rhode Island. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority notes that the blueprint will also describe the benefits that wind energy could bring to New York. Many of these benefits are economic in nature. New…

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Toyota to maintain support for hydrogen fuel cells despite lacking infrastructure

Lack of infrastructure support makes fuel cell vehicles less attractive Toyota will continue to show support for fuel cell vehicles, but lacking infrastructure has slowed its clean transportation plans considerably. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, notes that more hydrogen fuel stations are needed to ensure the success of the Mirai, Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle. Last fall, Toyota launched the Mirai in California, where most of the hydrogen stations in the United States are located. Later this year, the automaker plans to release the vehicle in Northeast markets.…

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New Jersey to lead the way in offshore wind energy production

Projects in New Jersey could place the state in a leading position in energy generation New Jersey is set to become a leader in offshore wind energy production in the United States. The state has positioned itself to produce more electric power through offshore wind turbines over the coming years, placing it ahead of its neighbors. Two promising projects will contribute a significant amount wind energy capacity to the state, if they manage to overcome some regulatory and financial challenges. Once completed, these two projects will produce a combined 1,700…

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Offshore wind energy wins more support in the US

White House issues more financial support for offshore wind projects Offshore wind energy is beginning to gain more support in the United States. The Obama administration has been pushing for the expansion of clean power throughout the country recently and during a recent White House summit, the federal government offered more support for wind power. The Department of Energy has awarded $592,683 in competitive grants to organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The funds are meant to advance the offshore wind energy market and the development of…

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Offshore wind energy is gaining momentum in the US

Offshore wind is finally becoming a reality in the United States Offshore wind energy has become quite popular in Europe, where several countries are looking to distance themselves from fossil-fuels and embrace renewable energy. In the United States, however, offshore wind projects have yet to become a reality. This will be changing with the completion of the Block Island Wind Farm, which is set to begin construction off the coast of Rhode Island in July of this year. Once completed, it will be the first offshore wind system in the…

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Offshore wind energy project gets the funding it needs in the US

New project has reached its funding goal and will take root off the coast of Rhode Island The offshore wind energy sector in the United States has fallen on difficult times recently. The country’s Production Tax Credit, which had offered finical support to wind power projects, was allowed to expire, which placed many project in jeopardy. Offshore projects are notoriously expensive and only a very few of them manage to receive the financial aid they need to take form. Deepwater Wind has announced that its now project, the Block Island…

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New offshore wind energy project to take root off the coast of Rhode Island

Rhode Island to be home to one of the largest wind projects in the world Offshore wind power in the U.S. has had something of a turbulent past. Critics of offshore wind power suggest that tapping into the energy potential of winds found at sea is expensive and impractical. Supporters of offshore wind argue that sea winds may be strong enough to account for a significant portion of the country’s energy demand. Most of the attention that surrounds offshore wind is focused on the Cape Wind project, which has generated…

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Offshore wind energy gains ground in the US

US offshore wind energy may soon become a reality It may still be several years before offshore wind energy systems begin taking form in the U.S., but the land that these systems require is beginning to be auctioned off. The federal government has begun leasing land to project developers that have ambitious plans for offshore wind energy. One such developer is Deepwater Wind, which is the provisional winner of two leases encompassing a 10-mile area off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Deepwater Wind wins leases for development land…

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