The Block Island Times

Federal Wind lease signed

Sep 20, 2013
Courtesy of: U.S. Department of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau, Director, U.S. Department of the interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management director; Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind; Sally Jewell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior; and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (L-R) gather  for the signing of the nation's first federal offshore wind lease for the Deepwater Wind Energy Center.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Deepwater Wind's CEO Jeffrey Grybowski signed the lease for the Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC) project.

In July, Deepwater Wind won two federal leases that were auctioned off for commercial offshore wind development by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The total bid amount for both wind leases was $3.8 million.

The win allows Deepwater to develop an offshore wind farm in federal waters off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, which total 164,750 acres.

"This lease sign[ing] marks a significant milestone not only for our Deepwater Wind Energy Center, but also for the advancement of U.S. offshore wind resources," said Jeff Grybowski in a statement to The Block Island Times. "We're proud to be leaders in this new renewable energy industry."

According to a press release, Deepwater Wind plans to develop a wind farm of up to 200 turbines in this area. The wind farm would be called Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC), and will link Long Island, N.Y., to southeastern New England. Construction for this project could start as early as 2017.

For a video of the lease signing, please go to

—Stephanie Turaj


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