Deepwater Wind announced on Monday, December 12, 2016, that its Block Island Wind Farm has officially commenced commercial operations. The 30 MW, five-turbine project is located off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and ties into the New England grid via a submarine transmission cable system. It is the first offshore wind farm to deliver energy to the U.S. electric grid. Deepwater has a power purchase agreement for the project with National Grid.
The commencement of operations at Block Island Wind Farm marks another milestone in an already positive year for wind. As previously reported, the Energy Information Administration expects wind production to reach its highest levels ever in 2016, with monthly data through July indicating that 5.6% of U.S. generation in 2016 to date has come from wind.