Wind Power Takes to the Seas

By March 14, 2017 Engineering News

The first U.S. offshore wind project is up and running. Is it a sign of things to come?

Brian Dumaine | Mar 14, 2017

Deepwater Wind's project near Block Island, R.I. Courtesy of Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind’s project near Block Island, R.I. Courtesy of Deepwater Wind

It was a brisk Sunday morning in October 2015, and Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski’s cell phone buzzed. His construction manager, who was driving piles 200 feet beneath the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, three miles from Block Island, R.I., said he had to halt work on the company’s wind farm because a humpback whale had meandered near the site. Under the Endangered Species Act, it’s illegal for humans to “harass” certain marine mammals, and loudly pounding steel into the ocean floor would certainly qualify. Read More