Wind Power Company Applies For Massive Offshore Farm on East Coast

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Last week Deepwater Wind announced that it has applied to federal authorities to build what it what is supposed to be the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S.

The application was made in late October to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to lease a 270-square-mile area between Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The 200-turbine farm in Rhode Island Sound would be called Deepwater Wind Energy Center. It is a 1,000MW project designed to replace a 350MW proposal put forward two years ago by the company. Pricing for kilowatt-hour has been slated to start from 23.5 cents.

According to Brighter Energy, building work is planned to start in 2014 with operation scheduled for 2015. The cost of the project is estimated at $5bn.

Despite rising 525 feet above water, Deepwater says the turbines would not be visible from land because they would be installed 18 miles from Rhode Island.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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