Trade Association, Greens Praise Completion of First Offshore Wind Farm

Source: By Asha Glover, Morning Consult • Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016

The National Ocean Industries Association on Friday praised the completion of the United States’ first offshore wind farm.

The Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island’s coast completed construction Thursday, according to a tweet posted by Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski.

“The completion of any offshore energy project is no small feat; the road from concept to completion can be very lengthy and rife with challenging regulatory hurdles, unanticipated permitting delays, and vocal environmental opposition alongside enthusiastic public support,” NOIA President Randall Luthi said a statement. “We will need all forms of offshore energy, both traditional and renewable, to meet growing U.S. and global energy demands. The Block Island Wind Farm is a remarkable first step in that direction for America’s emerging offshore wind industry.”

The Sierra Club also lauded the farm’s completion.

“Our untapped offshore wind energy potential is enormous and it holds the key to creating thousands of good paying clean energy careers, cleaning up the dangerous fossil fuel pollution endemic in many our coastal cities, and provides another effective solution to addressing the climate crisis,” Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said in a statement.