NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was in Rhode Island Friday visiting the nation’s first offshore wind farm.
Granholm was out on a boat Friday morning getting an up-close look at the wind turbines off Block Island.
“The goal is to get 100% of our electricity in this nation from clean sources by 2035,” Granholm said. “Offshore wind is a key component of that.”
Rhode Island is the first state to have an offshore wind farm, and Granholm hopes others will follow.
“We want to replicate this all the way up the Atlantic seaboard and in the Great Lakes,” she said.
Granholm was joined by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Rep. Seth Magaziner, Gov. Dan McKee and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos.
“There are jobs all over the state because of this project and the entire industry is emerging in the United States because Rhode Island got it right,” Whitehouse said.
Granholm also participated in a roundtable discussion highlighting how President Joe Biden’s Investing in America Agenda has led to more than $500 million in clean energy investments in Rhode Island and created jobs.