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Small State, Big Power

10/1/2008 5:13:19 PM

Tags: offshore wind farm

The small state of Rhode Island will become a big producer of wind power, and it won’t lose any of the state's limited landmass to do it.

The Ocean State is installing a $1 billion, 1.3 million annual megawatt hour wind farm in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The farm would supply 15 percent of all electricity used in the entire state.

Deepwater Wind was commissioned to develop the project, which will begin after a study determines the area of lowest impact to install the turbines. The study will be conducted by the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council and URI’s Gradate School of Oceanography.

Deepwater pledged to invest $1.5 billion in the project and create up to 800 direct jobs with annual wages of $60 million.

And people say renewable energy won’t create many jobs…



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