Do you care if Rhode Island has a large-scale wind-energy production facility in the United States up and running before anyone else?

THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM was designed to be the first of many such offshore wind energy projects designed and built in Rhode Island. But it is no longer clear if that will be the case. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER
THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM was designed to be the first of many such offshore wind energy projects designed and built in Rhode Island. But it is no longer clear if that will be the case. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

More than a decade ago, former Gov. Donald L. Carcieri proposed making Rhode Island the leader in developing offshore wind energy. The Block Island Wind Farm, five turbines off the coast of the island, was designed to be a demonstration project, one that would lead to the creation of an entire industry sector based in Rhode Island. Based on investments and commitments made so far, it does not appear that the Ocean State will become the first to have an offshore wind energy project on a large scale. But really, does it matter?

Do you care if Rhode Island has a large-scale wind-energy production facility in the United States up and running before anyone else?

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