America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Now Churning Out Electricity

December 13th, 2016  |  Source: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/ameri...

As the Block Island Wind Farm ramps up to commercial operations, it's not as simple as pressing a button or flipping a switch.

Instead, after Deepwater Wind managers determine the time is right, an engineer in the company's Providence offices will give the go-ahead to a counterpart with turbine manufacturer General Electric who, from a remote location, will execute software to fully activate the first offshore wind farm in the United States.

Or actually, not quite full activation. Because of an equipment mishap, one of the five 6-megawatt turbines is down for repairs and isn't set to go on-line again until the end of this month at the earliest.

Whether the four remaining turbines that were installed this fall in the waters off Block Island spin at full power is, of course, dependent on the wind and how strong it's blowing.

But, with Deepwater on Monday receiving the all-clear from the operator of the regional power grid, it now has permission to remove any constraints on the generating potential of the 30-megawatt wind farm and begin selling all the electricity pumped out by the towering wind turbines.




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