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February 12, 2014

Major Turbine Agreements Signed for Block Island Wind Farm

Project developer Deepwater Wind and technology firm Alstom on February 10 announced the signing of major agreements to supply the proposed Block Island Wind Farm with five offshore wind turbines. By making an initial payment to Alstom in December 2013, the developer said the project will qualify for the federal investment tax credit. Block Island Wind Farm is a proposed 30-megawatt wind energy site off the shore of Rhode Island.

On July 31, 2013, Deepwater Wind was selected by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the provisional winner of two offshore wind energy sites located off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Deepwater's winning bid of $3.8 million for the two sites came during the competition for two parcels, totaling more than 164,000 acres, located within the Wind Energy Area, roughly 17 miles south of Rhode Island, between Block Island, Rhode Island, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. See the Deepwater Wind press release and the August 7, 2013 edition of EERE Network News.