First offshore wind park in U.S. now transmitting power

Block Island, developed by Deepwater Wind, also provides power for the mainland grid.

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The Block Island Power Co. is now providing its 2,000 customers on the island with wind power generated from the first ever offshore wind project in the U.S.

The Boston Globe reported Block Island and the wind farm are now connected via a transmission cable.

The wind farm, which is located off the coast of Rhode Island, itself began generating electricity in December.

Block Island Power has now deactivated its diesel generators. The company had begun looking for an alternative to diesel generation more than a decade ago when the cost of fuel drove electrical costs above 60 cents per KW/h.

Block Island, developed by Deepwater Wind, also provides power for the mainland power grid.

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