Deepwater Wind Set To Begin Construction Of Block Island Wind Farm

Nov 20, 2014

More approvals rolled in this week for the five-turbine wind farm Deepwater Wind.  And  the company says it has secured the last of its permits for the offshore wind farm planned for three miles off the coast of Block Island.  Construction is set to start next year.

A wind turbine in Portsmouth; the Deepwater Wind project would be the state's first offshore farm.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Coastal Resources Management Council has approved the lease agreement for the underwater land on which the wind farm will sit. The lease took effect earlier this month and will be valid for 25 years from the wind farm’s start date.

“I think I can finally say that I have all the leases and permits I need,” said  Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind’s CEO. “I think we finally have all of the permits we need for the project.”

Grybowski says more than 20 local, state, and federal government agencies reviewed various permits and licenses for the ocean wind farm.   Two teams keep track of all of these permits and licenses, and they’re very organized.  “There’s a master matrix, a very extensive matrix with multiple tabs, and yes, there is,” said Grybowski.  These two latest approvals are the last ones the company needed to secure before construction starts next year.

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