"America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, R.I.
Block Island officials on Monday switched on a connection between the island and a cable linking the wind farm to Rhode Island’s mainland power grid. The connection allowed the island’s only electricity source — a small diesel-fueled power plant — to shut down. The island’s 2,000 residents burned about 1 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
'The emissions that go along with nearly a million gallons of diesel a year — that’s all going to go away,' said Jeff Wright, chief executive of the Block Island Power Co."