Life: Enhanced

Turning Out Clean Energy
Block Island, Rhode Island

Fuss & O’Neill is proud to have provided electrical design, environmental assessment and remediation, project management, and permitting of the infrastructure and site work improvements improvements at the turbine assembly facility for the country’s first commercial offshore wind farm. Operational as of December 2016, the Block Island Wind Farm is a 30 megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm located approximately 3 miles southeast of Block Island. This first-of-its-kind green energy project will supply most of Block Island's power, and surplus power will supply the mainland. The system connects New Shoreham to the grid for the first time and allows it to cease using diesel generators that have been replaced with power from the cable supplying the island.

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A project this large required collaboration from many avenues.  With the project being led by Orsted and GE, there was a focus to hire local firms, meaning cross-communication was necessary amongst nine other companies.  Construction and staging were also local, being performed at four Rhode Island ports: Block Island, Galilee, Quonset Point, and the Port of Providence.  Our decade-long relationships with the Port of Providence and the general contractor in charge of the assembly facility delivery were key in solving the environmental, design, and project management challenges.

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Fuss & O’Neill is committed to client care, flexibility, ingenuity, and development of clean, safe, and sustainable energy resources.  A wind turbine creates reliable, pollution-free energy, without the use of fossil fuels, thereby mitigating the generation of greenhouse gases or radioactive or toxic waste. Wind power reduces global warming.  The completion of this project will bring clean and reliable energy to the citizens of Rhode Island for years to come, and will act as a model for future offshore wind developments.

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