Will the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Block Island, spark an industry?

STANDING TALL: Deepwater Wind LLC's operations and maintenance crew travels to and from work aboard the Atlantic Pioneer, a vessel built specifically to service the offshore wind industry. / COURTESY DEEPWATER WIND
STANDING TALL: Deepwater Wind LLC's operations and maintenance crew travels to and from work aboard the Atlantic Pioneer, a vessel built specifically to service the offshore wind industry. / COURTESY DEEPWATER WIND
Skimming above the water heading south toward Block Island aboard the Ava Pearl, a high-speed catamaran, in mid-October, a line of offshore wind turbines begins to grow ever-larger on the horizon. The excitement among the nearly 100 passengers – mostly environmentalists, politicians and union members – is palpable. “This is a historic moment,” says Sen.…

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