Touring the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm

(HE) OUR NEXT BIG STORY– WE'RE GETTING AN UP- CLOSE LOOK AT THE COUNTRY'S FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM (SN) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN TOURED THE TURBINES ON BLOCK ISLAND SOUND TODAY

SHE JOINS US FROM THE SOUTH COUNTY MOBILE NEWSROOM IN NORTH KINGSTOWN THOSE WHO TOOK THE BOAT TOUR FROM HERE AT QUONSET POINT OUT TO THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM, GOT A CHANCE TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH WIND TURBINES AS TALL AS THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER IN BOSTON 3 MILES OFF THE SHORE OF BLOCK ISLAND AND 600 FEET ABOVE THE WATERS SURFACE THE FIVE WIND TURBINES OF THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM ARE THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND IN THE COUNTRY We're literally turning a page and going into a new era of alternate energy ON A BOAT TOUR FRIDAY MORNING, REED, MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION AND LABORERS JOURNEYED 16 MILES FROM THE MAINLAND TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COUNTRY'S FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM 8 YEARS IN THE MAKING Not only great for the economy but great for the environment, it's very impressive DEEPWATER WIND VICE PRESIDENT MATTHEW MORRISSEY SAYS THE 240- FOOT LONG BLADES WILL BEGIN TO SPIN NEXT MONTH, GENERATING ENOUGH ENERGY TO POWER 17,000 HOMES Block Island residents were paying up to 68 cents a kilowatt hour and that power was generated by huge deisel generators in the center of the island and those deisel generators were feuled by millions of gallons of deisel fuel being ferried from the mainland to the island IN ADDITION TO CUTTING THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS, EXPERTS SAY THE TURBINES ARE ECOFRIENDLY The foundations are right now currently just coated in mussels so the sea life has kind of just grabbed right onto it ONE THING THOSE ON THE TOUR DIDN'T SEE — THE PEOPLE WORKING INSIDE THE TURBINES TO COMPLETE LAST MINUTE CHECKS As we speak there are about 25 GE technicians in the cells themselves that we just saw today AND SENATOR REED TELLS US ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE STATE'S FIRST OFF SHORE WIND FARM, IT'S ALSO LIKELY TO BE THE LAST BUILT IN RHODE ISLAND WATER REPORTING IN NORTH KINGSTOWN WITH THE MOBILE NEWSROOM, KK EWN

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