VIDEO: Fish thrive at US's first project

UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released a video about the impact the 30MW Block Island project is having on local wildlife and communities.

The Deepwater Wind project, the first in US waters, has been operating for just over a year, and the local marine wildlife has already made itself at home, bringing added benefits to local businesses.

AWEA and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), based at the University of Delaware, published the video, featuring never-before-seen underwater footage of fish at the five-turbine project, and testimonials from local recreational fishermen and charter captains.

"We're in the process of unlocking an entirely new American ocean energy resource with offshore wind. As the industry scales up in the US, communities up and down our coasts, especially in the northeast, will want to know what offshore wind means for them," said Stephanie McClellan, Director for SIOW.

"When it comes to fishing, the science is convincing, but ultimately seeing is believing. That's why we took an underwater videographer to Block Island to see for ourselves."

AWEA hopes the video will help communities along the US coastline see the benefits of the industry, which is set to grow exponentially into the next decade. 

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all issued requests for project proposals in 2018 alone, with Massachusetts holding an auction in December.