Work at first US offshore wind farm enters final phase

By The Associated Press

Construction at the site of the nation's first offshore wind farm is entering its final phase.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, left, speaks with Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffery Grybowski, right, while touring a staging site for the nation's first off-shore wind farm Monday, July 25, 2016, at Port of Providence, in Providence, R.I. Raimondo visited the site Monday to see the main components for the turbines before they are brought offshore. Wind turbine blades, background, sit in racks. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Construction at the site of the nation's first offshore wind farm is entering its final phase.

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo visited the Port of Providence on Monday to see the main components for the turbines before they're brought offshore.

Raimondo says Rhode Island is leading the way in the new U.S. offshore wind industry and that she "loves it" when Rhode Island is first.

She says it's helping the state's economy.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski says the final components should be arriving from France in about a week.

Grybowski says the wind farm should be operational this fall, a "momentous occasion."

The cabling was recently completed.

The wind farm is expected to power about 17,000 homes.

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