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United States : ACORE approves RHODE ISLAND wind farm.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE) has given go ahead to Deepwater Wind s 30MW offshore wind farm in Rhode Island.

ACORE, the lead permitting agency for the project, has won approvals from nine state and federal agencies. The wind farm is located about three miles off the coast of Block Island and will have Alstom s 5 6MW Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore turbines, including tower sections.

Deepwater expects BOEM to grant approval in the near future and plans to begin offshore construction in the third quarter of 2015 and have the wind farm operational in 2016.

Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind chief executive officer stated that the approval is 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. 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.

Currently, an application for a right-of-way in federal waters for the 21-mile, bi-directional Block Island transmission system is being analyzed by the US Department of the Interior s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The application will be used to export the power to the mainland electric grid for distribution.

The offshore project will have the capacity to generate over 125,000MW hours of energy annually that represents enough electricity to power more than 17,000 homes.

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Date:Sep 11, 2014
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