Deepwater Wind has withdrawn its application with the Town of Narragansett to run its electric transmission cable through the town and build a new switchyard in Narragansett. Deepwater officials made the surprise announcement of the withdrawal today.
Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski said in a statement: “We’re continuing to explore alternative routes for the cable that will connect Block Island to the mainland, and we remain confident we’ll find a suitable location. While we believed that Narragansett Town Beach was a good option, it was never the only location we considered. We plan to bury the cable beneath existing roadways, with little to no impact on the general public. We’ll make our cable plan public once it is further defined.”
Deepwater has proposed a five-turbine wind farm to be built off the coast of Block Island. This wind farm would supply power to Rhode Island via an undersea electric transmission cable.
Deepwater had planned that this submarine transmission cable would make landfall at Narragansett Town Beach, and follow an onshore route to a new switchyard in the Town of Narragansett. The Narragansett Town Council had yet to make a decision on whether or not to accept the company’s verbal offer of $2.25 million for the work related to this project.
Look for more information and other stories about Deepwater in this Friday’s edition of The Block Island Times.
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