First US offshore wind farm powering more of Rhode Island

The nation's first offshore wind farm is powering more of Rhode Island.

The Block Island Power Company says it shut down its diesel generators and transferred the island's electrical grid Monday, a savings of nearly 1 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.

Deepwater Wind's five turbines began generating power for the mainland grid in December. Block Island had to be connected with a new cable.

The power company says the early morning transfer was the final step in a process that began more than a decade ago, when the cost of fuel for the generators drove electrical costs to more than 60 cents per kilowatt hour.

It says Block Island's 2,000 electric customers now have access to cheaper and cleaner energy at stable prices.


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May 04, 2017
The growth of the industry is very positive development, as the world's natural resources seem to be incapable of satisfying the growing world population. While serving at Sabanci University and RIT Dubai, I had done some academic work with my research partners, exploring two different topics related to wind turbines. In 2012, we published a research study on wind turbine efficiencies and in 2016, we published another research on wind turbine accidents. Both of these studies were published by IEEE. I hope the know-how we discovered in these research studies contribute to the fellow colleagues working in the industry. All the best, Dr. Gurdal Ertek

May 05, 2017
"An offshore wind farm in Rhode Island went online Monday, but building it costed $150,000 for every household powered."
"To put this in some perspective, the U.S.'s newest nuclear reactor ... only about $1,044 per household"
"This means powering a home with the Block Island wind farm is almost 144 times more expensive than powering a home with the newest U.S. nuclear reactor."
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