America's first offshore wind farm with turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

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    The US uses an astounding amount of energy: about 97 quadrillion BTUs, or about 18% of world's total energy consumption. And demand is only going to increase over time.
    The majority of the energy the country generates — which powers America's homes, internet, and urban infrastructure — comes from fossil fuels, and isn't renewable or sustainable.
    A possible solution? Wind farms.
    GE and Deepwater Wind, a developer of offshore turbines, are installing five massive wind turbines in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They will make up the first offshore wind farm in North America, called the Block Island Wind Farm.
    Over the past several weeks, the teams have worked to install the turbines 30 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, and are expected to finish by the end of August 2016. The farm will be fully operational by November 2016.

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    The Block Island Wind Farm will generate 30 megawatts of energy, which is the amount required to power every home on Block Island. It will emit about 40,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gases per year than fossil fuels would to generate the same amount of energy. That's the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ge-building-wind-turbine-farm-at-block-island-2016-8/
     
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