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Lessons from the Country’s First Off-Shore Wind Farm

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America’s first offshore wind farm went online just over a year ago, and three developers have plans to put hundreds of turbines in the waters south of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in coming years. Not everything has gone perfectly with Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. But scientists have found no evidence of negative environmental impacts, and neighbors, fishermen, and the tourism industry have been praising the project. Jennifer McCann is the director of U.S. Coastal Programs at University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center and director of Extension Programs for Rhode Island Sea Grant. She says the main reason it has gone well is that all the stakeholders were involved in the decision making process. 

 

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.