Officials tour site of nation’s 1st offshore wind farm

Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen.Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., photographs the first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in the nation's first offshore wind farm construction project Monday, July 27, 2015, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind will consist of five turbines producing a total of 30 megawatts of electricity. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Federal and state officials say the beginning of construction for the nation’s first offshore wind farm is the success the industry needs to surge forward in the United States.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called it a “pioneering moment” for an important industry.

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, which it expects to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.

It began attaching the first of the steel foundations to the ocean floor Sunday. The first one touching the seabed is known in the industry as the “first steel in the water.”

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski says it was a spectacular moment.

Deepwater Wind took officials, including Jewell, and project supporters to the site by boat Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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