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Off Long Island, wind farms are testing the waters

European energy developers like Statoil and Dong Energy are making big investments in US wind power

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Wind turbines from the Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Block Island in New Shoreham, Rhode Island. The East Coast in particular offers opportunities because of its strong winds and shallow waters, which means turbines can operate farther out to sea, and out of sight.

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ONLY a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition

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