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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.

May 6, 2022 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm proposes cable connection through Sakonnet River, Mt. Hope Bay

A major offshore wind project located 30 miles south of Nantucket, capable of powering up to 800,000 homes, proposes to lay a 20-mile-long stretch of mostly underwater cables that would run through the Sakonnet River, bridge over three miles of land in Portsmouth, and then continue north up Mt. Hope Bay to a connection point at Brayton Point in Somerset, Mass., where it will connect up to 1,200 megawatts of power to the electrical grid. The project, currently undergoing an . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth RI: Judge rules against residents in wind turbine lawsuit

PORTSMOUTH – Despite hearing claims of migraines, loss of sleep and astronomical electric bills, a Newport County Superior Court judge denied a motion for a preliminary injunction – filed by a group of residents – to stop the town’s operation of a wind turbine near the high school. Eight abutters, who live between 740 and 1,155 feet from the turbine, filed a complaint in Superior Court in November 2021. Online court records, though, indicate one of the plaintiffs recently was removed from the . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2022 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

More wind turbines are not the answer

While I agree with state Sen. Dawn Euer’s environmental justice bill, I dislike her pitch for more ocean wind turbines since they have become an environmental problem. The regional power grid was turned up to a historically high level to increase assimilation of irregular wind power from the Block Island wind turbines. This power increase is meant to triple financial returns for turbine investors, but power pressure problems started throughout southern New England, causing street, yard, and house pipe separations . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

National Grid opposes offshore wind bill, says ratepayer-funded incentives are too low

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s dominant energy utility is pushing back against legislation requiring it to solicit offers for more offshore wind power, saying that it needs more money from ratepayers than state leaders would allow. In a hearing this week, representatives of National Grid, which serves 780,000 gas and electric customers in the state, came out against the bill, telling legislators that a financial incentive in the measure falls short of what the company would need to protect its bottom line. . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Bill aims to drastically accelerate RI’s renewable energy goals

If passed, the bill will not affect Rhode Island’s reliance on non-renewable sources directly, according to state Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Democrat from Jamestown and Middletown who is co-sponsoring the bill. Instead, the REC system, which the bill would utilize, increases the profitability of renewable energy plants, allowing them to sell their energy and RECs, while forcing electricity providers that rely on natural gas and oil to buy RECs or contribute to a renewable energy development fund. Complete story »

February 8, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Why you won’t be reimbursed for National Grid wind farm overcharge

PROVIDENCE – After state regulators discovered that Rhode Islanders were drastically overpaying for the delivery of power from America’s first offshore wind farm, National Grid came back with a proposal to slash a surcharge on the cable that sends electricity from the project to the mainland, cap the amount the utility would recover for an ongoing project to repair the cable, and pay into a storm contingency fund. All told, if past spending on the cable holds true, the settlement, which . . . Complete story »

February 1, 2022 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuit challenges Vineyard Wind approval

A lawsuit challenging the federal approval of the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts raises questions about the haste with which the project was approved and the fallout it will have on endangered right whales and the fishing industry. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in federal court in Washington, DC, by the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, which represents fishing interests, also highlights the dramatic scale of the wind farm and questions whether taxpayers were shortchanged . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2021 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. commercial fishers join anti-Vineyard Wind lawsuit

Lead attorney Theodore Hadzi-Antich claims that his clients, who fish in the project area, would be irreparably harmed were the offshore wind farm to be constructed. He alleges that federal regulators knew that Vineyard Wind I would end commercial fishing in the 75,614-acre lease area, but approved the project anyway. The lawsuit accuses a half-dozen federal agencies of violating environmental laws in moving the offshore energy project forward. Defendants include the Interior Department, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Commerce Department, the Defense Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Complete story »

December 21, 2021 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. fishing industry teams up with oil lobby to fight offshore wind

Members of the U.S. commercial fishing industry are teaming up with an oil industry-backed lobbying group to fight offshore wind energy development on the East Coast, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with people involved. The unusual alliance reflects the breadth of opposition President Joe Biden faces as his administration pushes to expand offshore wind power and other clean energy sources dramatically to combat climate change. The fishing industry believes offshore wind farms will interfere with vessel navigation . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2021 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New England council calls for offshore wind mitigation fund

The New England Fishery Management Council updated its offshore wind energy policy, endorsing calls for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to establish “a compensatory mitigation fund for damages that occur to the marine environment and fish habitat,” and losses to fishing vessels as turbine arrays are built. The council’s Dec. 7 deliberation came with a new presentation from BOEM on the agency’s push to review and approve up to 16 wind energy projects off the East Coast by late . . . Complete story »

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