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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

In New York and New England, wind energy projects are “like siting landfills. Nobody wants them.”

The politics of renewable energy can be seen as left versus right. But when it comes to siting large renewable-energy projects, the divide is increasingly about rich versus poor. “Wind developers don’t target the tony communities, like near Hillary Clinton’s house in Chappaqua, or Westchester County,” says Joni Riggle, a resident of Chautauqua County, who opposes the Cassadaga project. “The people who live in those places have the financial clout to fight Big Wind.” Complete story »

May 29, 2020 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Coast Guard favors wind turbine corridors offshore

BOSTON – The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the best way to maintain maritime safety and ease of navigation in the offshore wind development areas south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket is to install turbines in a uniform layout to create predictable navigation corridors. The results of the Coast Guard’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study are largely in line with a proposal that the five developers that hold leases for offshore wind sites off New England . . . Complete story »

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Judge denies another Green Development lawsuit

One of two lawsuits contesting solar-energy projects in Exeter was denied last month in Rhode Island Superior Court, dealing a potential blow to other legal actions taken by one the state’s largest renewable-energy developers. The April 20 decision derails one of several court filings by North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC against rural communities that are struggling with solar sprawl. Associate Justice Jeffrey Lanphear ruled that Exeter’s planning and zoning boards acted properly when they rejected the developer’s 7-acre solar project . . . Complete story »

New England fishing groups wary of rapid offshore wind development plans

As offshore wind moves up the coast of New England, efforts are underway to make sure the region’s fishing interests have a seat at the table early in project development. An alliance of industry and academic stakeholders is promoting the need for research and best practices as offshore wind takes hold in waters where fishing has long been an economic anchor. Fishing groups have several concerns about the potential for boating obstacles and ecological impacts. A dearth of research makes . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Political Scene: Former R.I. lawmaker mired in battle over ’tunnel muck’

A doozy of a fight played out at a Rhode Island State House hearing just before the pandemic shut down this year’s legislative session. It involved: Arsenic-laced “tunnel muck.” An alleged move by a once powerful state lawmaker to acquire property along the East Providence waterfront to build a hotel on land that the quasi public state agency he heads is now seeking to take by eminent domain. The potential derailment of a multi-million dollar investment by Boston-based developers seeking . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2020 • New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power firm picks Rhode Island over New York for industry hub

As New York state works to establish itself as the East-Coast hub of the offshore wind industry, Orsted, one of the biggest beneficiaries of New York contracts, is establishing a hub of its own – in Rhode Island. Orsted, the Denmark-based world leader in offshore wind development, acquired a foothold in the U.S. market when it bought Deepwater Wind of Rhode Island for $510 million in 2018. Its projects for New York will require cables of 50 to 100 miles to . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Senate commission wants answers regarding exposed Block Island Wind Farm cables

PROVIDENCE – A Senate commission wants to know who is to blame and who is going to pay to bury the exposed electric cables from the Block Island Wind Farm. The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) said its geologist recommended before construction of the offshore wind facility that Deepwater Wind, now owned by Denmark-based Ørsted, bury the two cables 6-8 feet deep using a process known as horizontal directional drilling. Deepwater Wind, however, relied on an independent engineering report that concluded . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Block Island Wind Farm to go offline in fall to rebury cable

PROVIDENCE – The electric cables for the Block Island Wind Farm were supposed to be buried in trenches at least four feet below the seabed, but workers couldn’t get down as far as they wanted, and over the last four years waves have exposed portions of the transmission lines that run to and from a beach on the island. Now, Orsted, the Danish company that owns the five-turbine offshore wind farm that is the first in the nation, plans to rebury . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm cables to be lengthened for reburial

During a hearing before the State Senate’s Special Task Force on Fisheries, Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate affirmed that the resolution to the exposed cable issues at Crescent Beach will be to splice in new sections of cable. The new sections of cable will be anywhere from 100 feet to up to a half mile in length in order to rebury the cable at the depth it was originally supposed to have been installed, Fugate said during . . . Complete story »

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