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America's First Offshore Wind Farm Is Nearly Ready

  • The 30-megwawatt development to go into service in November
  • Europe has more than 10,000 megawatts of offshore wind
Deepwater Wind LLC project off the coast of Rhode Island.

Deepwater Wind LLC project off the coast of Rhode Island.

Photographer: Joe Ryan/Bloomberg
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Deepwater Wind LLC is on the verge of completing the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters, a milestone for an industry that has struggled for a more than decade to build in North America.

Workers have installed blades on four of the five 589-foot turbines at the site off the coast of Rhode Island and construction may be complete as early as this week, according to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Grybowski. The 30-megawatt, $300 million project is expected to begin commercial operation in early November.