August 23, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

Offshore wind farm a green-energy milestone (Bill Loveless, 8/21/16, USA TODAY)

The $300 million wind farm is relatively small, with 30 megawatts of capacity, enough to power about 17,000 homes in Rhode Island, including dwellings on Block Island, where costly diesel fuel is used to keep the lights on.

The farm's impact may be much larger as it demonstrates the potential for offshore wind energy while coastal states such as Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York  look increasingly to renewable energy to reduce their carbon emissions.

"It's really difficult for a utility to say, 'We'd like to see you build a couple of hundred megawatts' if no one has even been successful building 1 megawatt offshore," Grybowski said. "Utilities have seen the success of the Block Island project. That makes them comfortable with this new resource."

Grybowski is gearing up for his company's next big undertaking, one with the potential for up to 200 turbines with 1 gigawatt of capacity in 256 square miles of federal waters 30 miles southeast of Montauk, N.Y.

The Long Island Power Authority recently announced plans to acquire 90 megawatts of capacity from 15 Deepwater Wind turbines in the area, though the financial terms  need to be worked out.

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