Deepwater Wind has begun constructing the foundation for America’s first offshore wind generation project.
The developer this summer started deploying foundation components for the 20-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, three miles off the coast of Rhode Island.
Offshore wind generation has been slow to develop in the United States compared to Europe. Opponents here have objected to such developments as visual blights.
In Europe dense populations makes it more problematic to develop onshore wind than in the more expansive United States.
Europe has developed more than 8,000 megawatts at 74 offshore wind farms in 11 nations and the total generation is expected to grow by 3,000 megawatts, according to the European Wind Energy Association.