Dec 19, 2016 11:45 AM EST

A Quarter Century After The World's First Offshore Turbine Was Assembled: The US First Farm In Rhode Island

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Recently, the Block Island Wind Farm about three miles off the shore of Rhode Island, officially went into commercial operation marking America's long overdue entry into the offshore wind game. The venture itself isn't that huge with only about five turbines, 30 megawatts which is enough to control 17,000 homes. Expected to take some time before achieving its full potential, it is a good start for many more offshore wind farms to come.

Gina M. Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island said that Rhode Island is proud to be home to the nation's first offshore wind farm. She also added that as the Ocean State, Rhode Island is motivated by a shared belief that we need to produce and consume cleaner, more sustainable energy and leave our kids a healthier planet.

According to Sciencealert, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy made a statement that offshore wind resources are abundant, stronger, and blow more consistently than land-based wind resources. The Block Island Wind Farm will emit about 40,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gasses per year than fossil fuels would generate the same amount of energy. That's the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road!

Before this Step, offshore-wind have confronted a number of restriction in the United States for a couple reasons including high costs, convoluted principles about who gets the opportunity to expand on the ocean bottom and what they construct and grumblings from individuals who don't need their sea see deterred.

Reported by Inhabitat, In Europe, be that as it may, a great many wind turbines have grown up along the drift, and an extra 3,000 megawatts of wind power were included a year ago (about 100 times the amount of power provided by the Block Island Wind Farm).

The venture needed to defeat resistance from environmentalists worried about whales, occupants worried about property estimations, and fishing community concerned about interference is a journey that the government must travel if it is to push the cleaner energy campaign in thUS.

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