The leading US provider of offshore windpower, Deepwater Wind, is planning to construct the country’s first offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, which CEO William Moore, hopes to turn into a string of East Coast farms.
Construction of the $250 million Block Island Wind Farm project starts on 2014, ahead of a similar facility planned by Cape Wind.
Deepwater Wind has already filed the necessary permit applications on Tuesday with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the development of the 30-megawatt project.
The privately-held company is also looking at wind farm projects across the Atlantic Coast, including three 1,000-MW projects to that could serve up to 350,000 homes. Deepwater Wind has reassured concerned groups that the Block Island project has no environmental impediments.
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