Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island, which is located 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast, will soon be home to North America's first offshore wind farm. Late last month, Deepwater Wind, the company behind the $338 million project, installed the first of five steel foundations to the ocean floor—one for each wind turbine. The five turbines—which will be working by fall 2016—will be expected to produce enough energy to power 17,000 homes and cut the island's energy bills by 40 percent.

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