Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm began operation on December 12, 2016, when the first megawatt was produced at the wind farm site, roughly three miles off the Block Island coast. The Block Island Wind farm is historic as it is the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
INSPIRE scientists supported the development and implementation of the Marine Work Plan and permitting strategy. We also designed and conducted numerous technical studies, including benthic resources surveys, cable routing, eelgrass surveys, finfish trawl surveys, lobster surveys, a geophysical desktop study, hardbottom impact surveys, fisheries data collection, recreational boating surveys and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation.
INSPIRE scientists “proposed an innovative approach that gave us the information we needed much more cost effectively than we expected.” – Clint Plummer, Vice President of Development, Deepwater Wind