The United States lags far behind Europe in offshore energy production, but Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind wants to change that.
The company is starting with its home state, installing America s first offshore wind farm to power Block Island, a small island off the coast of Rhode Island.
The company has completed the construction phase and is preparing to flip the switch on the wind farm before the end of the year.
The wind farm includes five 6-megawatt turbines that will generate more than enough power for Block Island residents, who consume 1 MW during the off-season and 4MW during the summer vacation season.
In fact, more than 90 percent of the energy from the wind farm will be delivered to customers on mainland Rhode Island.
As part of the project, Deepwater Wind has installed two underwater transmission cables — one to Block Island and one to Rhode Island proper — to send this electricity to its desired destinations.