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US island transitions to 100 percent offshore wind

A US town will now be exclusively powered by offshore wind electricity on days with sufficient wind strength. Offshore wind farm Block Island is the power source putting diesel generators out of work.

Photo: Fred.Olsen Windcarrier

No more noisy, expensive or polluting diesel generators for the almost 2,000 people who live in US island Block Island in the state of Rhode Island.

The island's diesel generators were shut down May 1 and instead the island's energy supply is transitioning to offshore wind from the newly installed offshore wind farm Block Island. This marks a milestone as it is the first time in US history that a community will be solely powered by offshore wind.

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