Blowin’ in the Wind?

by Dr. Tiffany Smythe, Assistant Professor of Maritime Policy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Hosted by Pierce Rafferty, director Henry L. Ferguson Museum August 30, 2020.

This recorded illustrated talk provides an update on offshore wind development throughout the region and shares highlights of Dr Smythe’s research on the political and social dimensions of offshore wind farms.

The Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first and only offshore wind farm to date, began supplying renewable energy to Block Island and mainland Rhode Island in 2016. This five-turbine, nearshore project is likely to be only the first of many larger offshore wind farms to be developed further offshore in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

The virtual Talk was co-sponsored by Custom House Maritime Museum (New London, Conn.).


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Dr. Tiffany Smythe