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Public comment period closing for new offshore wind farm

November 17, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The public comment period for a new offshore wind farm off the Rhode Island coast project is closing.

Providence-based Deepwater Wind has proposed building up to 15 turbines that will connect to a grid in East Hampton, New York, to supply power for Long Island.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says Monday is the end of the comment period for the South Fork Wind Farm. The bureau has asked for input as part of the environmental review of the project.

The site is about 19 miles southeast of Block Island. It’s expected to generate enough energy to power about 50,000 homes.

Deepwater Wind built the first U.S. offshore wind farm of five turbines about 3 miles off Block Island that began commercial operations in December 2016.

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