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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.

July 27, 2020 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

With new municipal programs, Rhode Island electricity will contain more local renewable energy

Get ready for more renewable energy in the local electric grid as a process called “community-choice aggregation” (CCA) expands in Rhode Island. CCA, also known as municipal-energy aggregation, allows cities and towns to buy electricity for all of its ratepayers from third parties, either on their own or in partnerships with other municipalities. Fixed-price contracts, lower energy costs – thanks to competitive energy bidding – and a greater share of renewable energy in the electricity mix are the primary goals of this . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. faces daunting challenge meeting Raimondo’s 100% renewable energy goal

PROVIDENCE – Even if Rhode Island is able to reach Gov. Gina Raimondo’s goal of meeting all of its electric demand with renewable energy by the end of the decade, it won’t mean the end of the state’s work to develop more solar, offshore wind and other power sources that don’t produce carbon emissions. That’s because the goal – which is aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change – is a moving target. While demand in the state is expected . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Coast Guard challenged on offshore wind traffic study

Coast Guard study that recommends against designated vessel transit lanes through New England offshore wind turbine arrays “contains serious foundational and analytical errors that merit correction,” commercial fishing advocates say in a formal objection to the findings. The Coast Guard’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study endorsed wind power developers’ proposal for a uniform grid layout of 1 nautical mile between turbine towers on their neighboring federal leases off southern New England. The report found fault with a . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

South Fork Wind Farm moving ahead

Ørsted, the company that currently owns and operates the Block Island Wind Farm, is partnering with another company to bring two offshore wind projects that will be located about 15 miles east of Block Island. The two projects are currently in the surveying phase, which is expected to conclude in December 2020 for both projects. The wind farms, named South Fork and Sunrise Wind Farms, will be co-developed by Ørsted and Eversource, a New York-based utility. According to Cam Stoker, . . . Complete story »

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 »

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