Plans for an offshore wind farm near Long Island was recently approved. It would provide energy for 50,000 households. This would make it the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S. Construction will begin in 2019. 15 turbines are expected to be installed initially. This will produce 90 megawatts of energy.
It will be named the South Fork Wind Farm. The exact location is about 30 miles southeast of the tip of Long Island near Queens and Brooklyn. The turbines won’t be visible from the coast. Deepwater Wind is the operator, and they expect to open the wind farm by 2022.
This would be the second offshore wind farm in the U.S. The first one is located off the coast of Block Island in Rhode Island. It’s been operational since December. This farm contains five turbines, and they produce energy for 17,000 homes.
The region around South Fork Wind Farm has the potential to produce 1,000 megawatts. 2.4 gigawatts is the goal by 2030, which is enough to power 1.25 million households.
There are other noteable wind farms around the world. Here’s a summary from Wikipedia:
As of 2013 the 630 megawatt (MW) London Array is the largest offshore wind farm in the world, with the 504 (MW) Greater Gabbard wind farm the second largest, followed by the 367 MW Walney Wind Farm. All are off the coast of the UK. These projects will be dwarfed by subsequent wind farms that are in the pipeline, including Dogger Bank at 4,800 MW, Norfolk Bank (7,200 MW), and Irish Sea (4,200 MW). At the end of June 2013 total European combined offshore wind energy capacity was 6,040 MW. UK installed 513.5 MW offshore windpower in the first half year of 2013.