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Work on first US offshore wind farm underway

Block Island Wind Farm's 5 turbines will provide electricity for about 17,000 nearby homes

The project, located in state waters just under five kilometres from Rhode Island's south-east coast, is being viewed as a hopeful, if modest, new beginning for an industry that has stumbled in recent years, beset by legal battles and financial difficulties.


WITH the lowering of giant steel legs to the sea bottom off Rhode Island, construction has officially begun on the country's first offshore wind farm, starting what US officials hope will be a race to harness a vast energy resource capable of powering millions of homes along