This is a guest post by AEE Gold Affiliate member Mintz Levin.
Image of Block Island construction courtesy of Jeff Grybowski, originally posted to Twitter.
The United States will join Europe later this year when the nation’s first offshore wind farm becomes operational off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind is bringing online the first offshore wind farm in domestic waters, a breakthrough for an industry that has worked for more than a decade to generate clean, reliable, cost effective energy, create good jobs, and strengthen local economies. Deepwater’s milestone project comes after the industry failed to move forward with the proposed 468 MW Cape Wind project off the coast of Cape Cod, after facing opposition from the fishing industry, American Indian groups, and property owners in the area for more than a decade. It also appears to be just the beginning of offshore wind development in the U.S.