Deepwater Wind floats new R.I. offshore plan
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After scrapping plans for an offshore wind project in Rhode Island Sound, Deepwater Wind LLC has returned with plans for a much larger project in the sound that would more than double the power output from Cape Wind.
New Jersey-based Deepwater Wind says the project, dubbed the Deepwater Wind Energy Center, would contain up to 200 wind turbines and would produce 1,000 megawatts of power — easily making it the largest in the nation if built.
By comparison, Cape Wind, proposed for Nantucket Sound, would consist of 130 turbines that would generate 468 megawatts of electricity.
Deepwater Wind, a spinoff from Boston-based First Wind Holdings Inc., said it plans to market power from the wind farm to Northeast states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.
Most of the turbines would be located 20 to 25 miles from shore, and none would be located closer than 13.8 miles from inhabited land, “with only a few turbines located at that distance,” according to Deepwater Wind.
“At these distances, the wind farm will be barely visible from the shore and the project site can take advantage of the stronger winds found in the open ocean,” the company said in its announcement.
In 2008, Deepwater Wind had proposed a 100-turbine project for Rhode Island that would have generated 350 megawatts of power.
The company called the new project a “second generation” offshore wind farm, which will contain many advantages over the previous one, including technology that’s more advanced, turbines that are located farther from shore and power that’s lower priced.
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