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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

September 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Governor’s push for clean energy moves forward on eve of primary election

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s clean energy plan for Rhode Island is moving forward this week, the state announced on the eve of Wednesday’s primary election. Under Raimondo’s direction, National Grid Rhode Island will issue a request for proposals for up to 400 megawatts of “clean energy” projects to be reviewed and approved by state officials, according to Tuesday’s announcement. The request for proposals, or RFP, would help reach the governor’s goal, which she announced last year, to bring . . . Complete story »

September 7, 2018 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island leaders are chasing a wind power illusion

With reference to Kristin Urbach’s Sept. 2 Commentary piece (“A workforce for R.I.’s wind industry”): Here in Rhode Island we have already been scammed by the Block Island wind project. Why are we allowing this to happen once again? Where has the common sense of Rhode Island’s leaders gone? Unfortunately, they are supporting a short-term politically attractive illusion of a financial windfall that in the long term is an economic time bomb. Alleged green renewable electricity generation cannot meet our . . . Complete story »

September 7, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge wind turbines traveling through Warwick to Johnston

Twenty-one wind turbine blades, each 200 feet long, have arrived at the Port of Davisville from Germany and under the cover of darkness and when there is the least traffic will make their trip to Johnston over the next several days starting Monday. Each of the blades will be carried on a single truck said Bill Fisher, spokesman for Green Development, LLC that is building the state’s largest on-shore wind farm in Rhode Island. The projected cost of the development . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2018 • Blogs, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines coming to R.I. classrooms this fall

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – New programs launched with local high schools, tech schools, and colleges and universities are aimed at riding the wave of offshore wind energy jobs expected in southern New England. The “Wind Win RI” program begins this fall with classes at North Kingston High School and Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich. Urban school districts such as Pawtucket are expected to participate this school year or next. The New England Institute of Technology and the Community College of . . . Complete story »

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordablility

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity. ISO-NE is charged with maintaining electric supply and reliability in New England. New England, as a region, has the highest electric rates in the nation (though not the highest electric bills, largely because of efficiency). Maine Governor Governor Paul LePage did not sign the . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Grid seeking remedy to cable issue

The sea2shore transmission cable, installed by National Grid as part of the Block Island Wind Farm project, can now be seen about 25 feet from Town Beach at low tide. The cable, which is yellow and black, was getting some attention on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 8. The cable connects Block Island to the mainland. Beachgoers were floating and swimming above the cable, which at low tide was about three feet below the water. The exposed section of cable . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Exposed electric transmission line at Block Island beach causing concern

There is a controversy over a high voltage power line to and from Block Island that’s supposed to be buried. But it’s not. In fact, at low tide on Wednesday, it was just below the waterline at State Beach, which is also known as Crescent Beach and is the most popular on Block Island. You can still see the yellow covering wrapped around the 37,500-volt National Grid powerline that runs the juice generated by the Deepwater Wind turbines through a . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Cable exposed near shoreline

The sea2shore transmission cable, installed by National Grid as part of the Block Island Wind Farm project, can now be seen about 25 feet from Town Beach at low tide. The cable, which is yellow and black, was getting some attention on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 8. The cable connects Block Island to the mainland. There are 34,500 volts running through the cable. “The cable is fully armored and insulated,” said Block Island Power Company President Jeffery Wright. “That . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Raimondo looks to further offshore wind, to fishermen’s dismay

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo is promising a “greener” Rhode Island with at least 5,000 new jobs by expanding offshore wind initiatives if she’s reelected. “High-end, high wage jobs – Rhode Island ought to be the Silicon Valley of offshore wind,” said Raimondo. Raimondo eventually wants factories in Rhode Island to manufacture the equipment instead of outsourcing it. She plans to further invest in the state’s ports so they can handle the work on a larger scale. “It will . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Judge reverses zoning board’s OK of solar farm in Portsmouth

[Judge Brian] Van Couyghen cited a previous case in which the state Supreme Court found that wind turbines represented a manufacturer because they are used for the sole purpose of transforming raw materials, "namely wind — into a finished product — namely electricity." "Thus, even though the [zoning] board found that the proposed solar farm was similar to a public utility, it would be, in fact, a manufacturing facility because it would transform sunlight into electricity ... manufacturing is expressly prohibited in residential zones under the ordinance. As a result, the granting of a special use permit for a manufacturing facility — the solar farm — was clearly erroneous," Van Couyghen wrote. Complete story »

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