America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant
America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode Island.
Diesel releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other common petroleum-based fuel except for residential fuel oil, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Less than 1 percent of electricity in the US is generated using liquid petroleum, including diesel.
Though offshore wind farms are common in Europe, the Block Island Wind Farm is the first ever built in the US — a demonstration meant to help prove the viability of offshore wind in the US.