The first U.S. offshore wind farm just shut down a diesel plant

America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode Island. Block Island officials on Monday switched on a connection between the island and a cable linking the wind farm to Rhode Island’s mainland power grid. The connection allowed the island’s only electricity source — a small diesel-fueled power plant — to shut down. The island’s 2,000 residents burned about 1 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.

— source grist.org

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