Citi: Deepwater Wind – Powering the Community of Block Island

The US

is pretty far behind in offshore wind We need it because there are limits to the amount of fossil fuels that we can burn We are going through an energy revolution Our mission is to make offshore wind one of the principled new sources of energy We came here because the wind is really strong and it blows 12 months a year here

The wind blows a lot I’m glad that I don’t curse it anymore I actually love the wind now We have depended since 1925 on diesel generators, burning approximately a million gallons of diesel fuel a year We lived and died by the cost of a barrel of oil and that affects every facet of the island

Now that the wind farm is operating, power prices will stabilize and businesses and homes can rely on a steady source of power North Light Fibers is the first manufacturing facility to be powered by ocean based wind turbines and that’s a great thing We are able to hire more folks because it’ll lower costs When you’re going out from shore, you know, they look that big when you first see them And then all of a sudden you get underneath them and the blades are really slowly spinning

It’s just awe inspiring People who are fisherman and totally understand it’s an artificial reef it’s going to build life cause now we are actually going to know where fish should be Citi really took on the challenge of a first of its kind project and they worked really closely with us to make sure that financing happened when we needed it to happen Reliable, inexpensive energy flow that is good for the environment It doesn’t get much better

We are really proud Block Island Wind Farm is a catalyst We believe that this will be the first of many offshore wind farms in the US

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