December 12, 2016 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today following the announcement that Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm has entered commercial service, producing enough clean, renewable energy to power 17,000 Rhode Island homes.
“This is the beginning of a new clean energy chapter for New England and proof that new jobs and new industries will flourish in a future free from reliance on fossil fuels,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Deepwater Wind deserves particular credit for seeing that good environmental stewardship of the environment is also good business, engaging all key voices in the development process to minimize impacts to endangered North Atlantic right whales and other ocean resources while achieving on-time, on-budget construction.”
Campbell continued, “Last week, the Obama Administration approved the Northeast Ocean Plan, which will become the blueprint for these projects on a regional scale. This momentous step allows all of New England to follow Rhode Island’s example – charting the course toward future offshore wind development and the conscientious management of all our ocean has to offer.”
Read more about CLF’s work with offshore wind here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.