Block Island wind farm project wins key permit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence company planning to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States received a key permit from a federal agency Friday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved Deepwater Wind’s proposal to build five wind turbines off Block Island. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, the lead state permitting agency for the project, approved the Providence-based company’s proposal in May.

The offshore wind farm has now been approved by a total of nine state and federal agencies.

“Today marks a pivotal moment not just for Block Island, but also for the start of a new American industry we’re proud to be leading from here in the Ocean State,” said Deepwater CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “We’re ready to build this project and to bring new jobs and clean energy to the region.”

Deepwater must still secure a right-of-way permit from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The company says they expect the permit to be approved in the coming weeks.

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