Friday, December 09, 2016

Offshore Wind Project to Go Live as Industry Eyes Trump

The Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States' first-ever offshore wind farm. (Credit: NREL/flickr) Click to Enlarge.
In a few days, the water-bound wind turbines off of Rhode Island’s Block Island are expected to generate electricity commercially for the first time, and New Englanders are set to become the first in U.S. history to use electric power generated from an offshore wind turbine.  

The Block Island Wind Project is the first commercial offshore wind farm ever built in the U.S., and the start of its operation marks the the beginning of a brand new clean energy industry in the United States.

The occasion comes at a time when offshore wind developers and investors await more information about how their fledgling industry will be affected by the incoming Trump administration.

President-elect Donald Trump has been openly critical of renewable energy — especially wind power.  He has said climate change is a hoax and has nominated a climate change denier to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump has said he opposes an offshore wind farm within view of his Scotland golf course and he has criticized wind turbines as bird killers.  Others leading his transition have also been skeptical of renewables, including Thomas Pyle, the head of Trump’s energy transition team.

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