"First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant"

"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."

Bobby Magill reports for Climate Central May 2, 2017.

Source: Climate Central, 05/03/2017