The Block Island offshore Wind Farm, the United States’ first offshore Wind Farm, was temporarily stopped down in 2016. The following is information from EcoRI about the Wind Farm: The five 840-foot-tall wind turbines of the Block Island are the country’s first operating offshore. The turbines were made by GE Renewable Energy, a division of General Electric, while the wind farm was still owned by Deepwater Wind.
The Block Island Wind Farm was acquired by Orsted, a Danish multinational utility corporation, in 2018, putting it in the hands of the world’s largest offshore wind developer. Power for Block Island, south of Rhode Island, is now sourced from the mainland’s grid, hence there is no power outage. Power for Block Island, south of Rhode Island, is now sourced from the mainland’s grid, hence there is no power outage.
The spokesperson said, “We put four turbines on pause as a precautionary measure and carried out a full risk assessment, which showed the turbines are structurally sound. We expect to complete those repairs and all maintenance in the next few weeks as scheduled.” The offshore Wind Farm has had issues in the past; for example, in 2019, an undersea electric wire fell exposed at Crescent Beach, causing concern among locals and tourists, despite the fact that the National Grid claimed it posed no harm to boaters or swimmers.
However, I am suspicious of Collins’ “something is wrong” storyline because I was able to quickly locate Orsted’s US media contact months ago and have exchanged emails with them. This morning, I dialled his number. Tampa Electric Co., a Florida utility, stated yesterday that it will retire three coal units and treble its solar output in the next two years, as Electrek previously reported.