Block Island – Deepwater Wind cleared one more hurdle in its quest to become the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
In a press release on Friday, Deepwater Wind (DWW) announced that it was fully permitted, receiving final federal approval to build the 30 Megawatt, 5 turbine wind farm in Rhode Island waters, approximately 3 miles southeast of Block Island.
“Today marks a pivotal moment not just for Block Island but also for the start of a new American industry we’re proud to be leading from here in the Ocean State,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “We’re gratified and emboldened by the thousands of Rhode Islanders and people around the world who have passionately supported our efforts since we embarked on this project more than six years ago. We’re ready to build this project and to bring new jobs and clean energy to the region.”
“The project’s lead federal permitting agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE), has granted its approval of the Block Island Wind Farm,” said the release. “With ACORE’s permit, the Block Island Wind Farm has now been completely reviewed, and approved, by 11 state and federal agencies.”
The Block Island Transmission System cable application is presently under review by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM. Approval would allow for a right-of-way in federal waters.
According to the release, DWW anticpates receiving BOEM’s approval in the coming weeks.
The wind farm is scheduled to be in service in 2016, with offshore construction beginning in the summer of 2015. Initial construction stage has begun, with DWW’s turbine supplier, Alstom completing delivery of the 15 wind turbine blades in Denmark. Alstom will also slated to perform maintenance and servicing for the wind farm.