1st US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island’s coast

(KS) RHODE ISLAND ENTERS THE HISTORY BOOKS ONCE AGAIN (MM) TODAY – THE NATION'S FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM – BEGAN OPERATIONS

THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM IS NOW PRODUCING ELECTRICTY (KS) IT'S A STORY WE'VE BEEN TRACKING SINCE 2008 WHEN THE IDEA WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO LIGHT

(MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN JOINS US WITH MORE DETAILS ON TODAY'S MILESTONE (SN) A HISTORIC MILESTONE IS REACHED NOT JUST FOR RHODE ISLAND BUT FOR THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES

THE OFFSHORE WIND FARM OFF THE COAST OF BLOCK ISLAND IS THE NATION'S VERY FIRST DEEPWATER WIND ANNOUNCED THAT THE FIVE MASSIVE WIND TURBINES BEGAN COMMERCIAL OPERATION TODAY FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL FOUR MONTH TESTING PHASE IT COMES FOLLOWING AN INSTALLATION PROCESS THAT TOOK TWO YEARSWITH PARTS OF THE TURBINES BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM EUROPE THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM IS EXPECTED TO SUPPLY 30-MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY THAT'S MORE THAN ENOUGH TO MEET THE ISLAND'S CURRENT DEMAND OF JUST THREE TO FOUR MEGAWATTS ALL EXCESS MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICTY WILL BE RE-DIRECTED TO MAINLAND RHODE ISLAND VIA A SUBMARINE CABLE RUNNING BETWEEN BLOCK ISLAND AND NARRAGANSETT

["So when we're at fully operational we produce enough energy for about 17,000 homes and most of that energy will end up on the mainland so the project is interconnected in South County in Narragansett so that is where the energy is flowing right now"] (SN) (SN) RHODE ISLAND SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSEA STAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE AND MEMBER OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKSHAD THIS TO SAY "THIS IS A HISTORIC MILESTONE FOR REDUCING OUR NATION'S DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS, AND I COULDN'T BE MORE THRILLED THAT IT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THE OCEAN STATE

" (SN) DEEPWATER WIND SAYS THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM WAS COMPLETED ON-TIME AND ON-BUDGET MORE THAN 300-LOCAL WORKERS HELPED DEVELOP, BUILD AND COMMISSION THE PROJECT THEY TELL US THEIR NEXT PROJECT IS ANOTHER WIND FARM 25-MILES SOUTH OF BLOCK ISLAND IN FEDERAL WATERS, WHICH THEY HOPE TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS

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