[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Offshore wind cable exposed at Block Island beach 

Credit:  By Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News staff | May 24, 2019 | www.ecori.org ~~

As summer approaches on Block Island, the undersea electric cables from the nearby offshore wind facility will have a presence at one of New Shoreham’s most popular beaches.

The power line from the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm reaches shore at Fred Benson Town Beach and leaves the island for Narragansett at Crescent Beach to the north. But keeping portions of the cable buried at Crescent Beach has been a struggle.

The problem has persisted since 2016. National Grid and Ørsted, formally Deepwater Wind, blame subsurface bedrock and boulders from preventing the cables from staying buried at a mandated depth of 4-6 feet into the seafloor. They also said shifting sand has made them prone to exposure. Hard plastic sleeves were installed in 2017 to cover portions of the cables. National Grid and Ørsted are now working with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to fix the problem for good.

At a May 14 meeting, the energy companies told CRMC that a process known as directional drilling will be needed to install a new cable at a lower depth. Manhole covers will also be added. Monthly progress reports must be submitted to CRMC, but the project isn’t expected to be completed until 2021.

“Accretion has occurred at both cable locations, so that provides a bit of a buffer, but all parties are still moving forward with the permanent solution,” CRMC spokeswoman Laura Dwyer said.

National Grid initially hoped to have the problem solved this spring, but after survey work in December and January, it recognized that the project would require more time and engineering.

The Block Island Times has reported that some residents and members of the Town Council are frustrated with the slow pace of work and the temporary remedies.

“Since early last year, the town of New Shoreham has supported, if not argued its absolute necessity, the lowering or relocation of the National Grid and Ørsted subsea cables off Crescent Beach,” New Shoreham town manager Edward Roberge told ecoRI News.

Until then, buoys, some of them lighted, will mark a no-anchor zone to warn boaters of the electrical cables below. The buoys are scheduled to be installed mid-June and removed in the offseason.

The buoys were first deployed last May by National Grid, when its sea-to-shore transmission cable was exposed some 200 feet off Town Beach. Three months later, in August, swimmers discovered the 34,500-volt cable some 25 feet offshore in shallow water at Crescent Beach.

National Grid maintains that boaters and swimmers aren’t at the risk of harm, the only concern is damage to the “armored” transmission lines.

“The area remains safe for swimming and other water-related activities,” said Ted Kresse, spokesman for National Grid.

Source:  By Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News staff | May 24, 2019 | www.ecori.org

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky