Wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation in the nation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea.
The project, on an experimental level, is being build by Deepwater Wind, a local clean-energy company. It is the first one of this kind in the U.S, although the technology is already established and growing in Europe, where some three thousand offshore turbines supply power for more than seven million homes, reports PBS.
In Denmark, for example, offshore wind turbines, combined with land-based turbines already provide 40 percent of the country’s electricity and are turning toward a goal of 50 percent by 2020. By comparison, in the U.S. today, wind power accounts for only about five percent of all electricity generation.
However, Deepwater Wind had to overcome several court challenges, obtain state and federal permits, and beat back arguments that the windmills are an eyesore and will ruin the sea views of the island.
As reported by PBS TV Station this weekend.