With surprisingly little fanfare, except in the glorious Block Island Times, what would be the first offshore wind farm in America has received its final major regulatory approval, from the Army Corps of Engineers. It's on schedule to be up and running in two years. The Block Island Wind Farm -- Deepwater Wind's five-turbine , 30-megawatt operation -- would lower Block Island's sky-high electricity costs and would act as an encouragement for backers of other, much bigger projects, such as the Cape Wind project, in Nantucket Sound. That project has been held up for years by Osterville, Mass., summer resident and fossil-fuel mogul Bill Koch.
How difficult it has become to do big projects in America, especially when a few local rich people don't like them!