As most probably know, the first offshore wind farm tone built in the United States is located just a few miles off the coast of Block Island.
But now that Deepwater Wind has finished building that five-turbine project and is supplying electric power at a fraction of what it previously was costing Block Islanders, where will the next offshore wind farm be located?
Activity has picked up sharply since Massachusetts enacted energy legislation that will enable the construction of 1,600MW of power to be developed near Martha’s Vineyard. (That’s enough to power one-third of all the homes in Massachusetts). New York State, Maryland, Rhode Island and others are looking to get started.
Let’s pick up our conversation with Deepwater Wind’s Matt Morrissey, who expects the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be important launching points for the new industry — right out of the Port of New Bedford, home to the nation’s only marine commerce terminal build especially for offshore wind, as well as
in coastal cities around the region..