Approval for US' first offshore wind farm

Federal approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers paves the way for Deepwater to build the Block Island Wind Farm.

Deepwater Wind has received final federal approval to build the Block Island Wind Farm, paving the way to construct the US’ first offshore wind farm, according to a statement.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE), the project’s lead federal permitting agency, has granted its approval for the wind farm, it said.

With ACORE’s permit, the Block Island Wind Farm has now been completely reviewed and approved by 11 states and federal agencies, it added.

The firm has begun the initial stages of construction on the 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm, which will be located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.
Earlier this year, Deepwater Wind selected Alstom as its turbine supplier for the farm and long-term maintenance and service provider. It received delivery of 15 wind turbine blades from Alstom in Denmark.

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reviewing Deepwater Wind’s application for a right-of-way in federal waters for the Block Island Transmission System, the transmission cable associated with the Block Island Wind Farm, according to the statement.

The firm said it expects to receive BOEM’s approval in the coming weeks.

Offshore construction is expected to begin next summer, with the wind farm in service in 2016.