RI to Measure Effects of Wind Farm on Recreation, Tourism
February 14, 2017
ecoRI.org: In Rhode Island state ocean waters, the nation’s first wind farm, southeast of Block Island, is operational and generating power. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has contracted the University of Rhode Island to document the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on recreation and tourism.
This information will be used to then create socioeconomic indicators to help regulators, industry, communities and researchers measure the impacts of offshore renewable-energy facilities on recreation and tourism activities in Rhode Island and potentially other places in the country. This 2-year social science project is underway to both develop the indicators and engage the local community in the process.
“This project will build upon BOEM’s completed and ongoing studies seeking to characterize the effects of offshore wind on recreation and tourism activities,” said Amy Stillings, a BOEM industry economist from the Office of Renewable Energy Programs.