A large Rhode Island wind farm project called the Deepwater Wind Energy Center has just gotten bigger. Deepwater Wind has announced that the project size has now more than doubled from a 100-turbine, 350-MW project, to a 200-turbine, 1,000-MW project! That makes it one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world.
Deepwater Wind says that the new scope of the project will increase the cost of building it to $6 billion, but that the cost of the electricity will go down. The previous plan had utility National Grid paying 24.4. cents per kWh, but the new plan will lower the price to the mid-teens per kWh, more in line with the Cape Wind agreement that will cost them 18.7 cents per kWh.
The wind farm will be located 18 miles off Rhode Island in the Rhode Island Sound and will include transmission cables from Massachusetts to New York. If all goes well for the wind farm and construction goes quickly, it may even beat Cape Wind to be the first offshore wind farm in America.
Image via Deepwater Wind
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