B.I. Wind Farm is officially in operation

Will begin distributing energy it produces
Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:15pm

The Block Island Wind Farm officially began commercial operation today.

That news came from Meaghan Wims, spokesperson for Deepwater Wind, the project's developer. "We are now in operation," Wims told The Block Island Times on Monday, Dec. 12.

National Grid's Media Relations Director David Graves said the energy from the wind farm "is being delivered now to our Dillons Corner switching station and from there to our Wakefield substation in South Kingstown, and then distributed throughout our system." Graves noted that while energy produced by the wind farm is being distributed throughout the New England region, the Block Island Power Company is not currently set up to receive that power.

A press release circulated by the developer today stated that: "The Block Island Wind Farm is now operational, the first offshore wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid."

“Our success here is a testament to the hard work of hundreds of local workers who helped build this historic project, and to the Block Islanders and the thousands more around the U.S. who’ve supported us every step of the way of this amazing journey,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.

The press release also noted that, "The Block Island Wind Farm has completed its commissioning and testing phases and begun commercial operations, delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid on a regular basis. The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the New England grid by National Grid’s new sea2shore submarine transmission cable system."

Watch for updates, and learn more about this story in this week's edition of The Block Island Times.