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Wind Power News: Rhode Island

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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.


November 15, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

7 big turbines rise in Johnston — biggest onshore wind farm in R.I.

JOHNSTON – The wind turbines appear up ahead as you drive west on Route 6, rising high on a hill over Johnston. In a matter of weeks, Green Development, of North Kingstown, has installed six of the German-made behemoths that each stand 524 feet tall when their blade tips are at their highest point – higher than the Industrial Trust building in Providence. With only one turbine left to go, the wind farm in a largely industrial area off Plainfield Pike and . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Providence zoning board to consider 3 new 364-ft. turbines at waterfront

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Zoning Board of Review will consider two proposals for the construction of three wind turbines on the Providence waterfront at its Wednesday meeting. Both applications were filed on behalf of Green Development LLC for turbines to be located on the land of Provport Inc. and Johnson & Wales University. All three turbines would be 364 feet tall and would require a variance for height and setback limits in the area. The ProvPort and Green Development wind . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen divided on plans for more offshore wind

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – Commercial fishermen and sport fishermen are split over the benefits of offshore wind facilities. Commercial fishermen say the wind-energy projects planned for southern New England, such as the South Fork Wind Farm, are the latest threats to their income after decades of quotas and regulations. “I don’t like the idea of the ocean being taken away from me after I’ve thrown so many big-dollar fish back in the water for the last 30 years, praying I’d get it . . . Complete story »


Report maps potential environmental impacts of offshore wind energy

A four-year study of planned wind energy areas off the East Coast found that building and operating offshore wind energy arrays could affect some of the region’s most commercially valuable fish species. The report by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was written to help the federal Bureau of Offshore Energy Management to evaluate development plans for eight offshore wind energy leases issued by the agency. Those areas, extending from the largest proposals to date off southern New . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

7 turbines will be state’s largest shore wind farm

The truck is parked outside J. Palmieri’s Pizzeria & Pub on Plainfield Pike. The engine is running but no one is inside. Not for long. Mark DePasquale is on the move. He’s grabbed some lunch to go and now he’s got 45 minutes before a conference call on another deal he’s working on. It’s enough time for a tour of what will soon be the state’s largest onshore wind farm – seven towering wind turbines that will be visible from . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Federal regulators seek public comment on second wind farm off of Block Island

Federal regulators from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are asking for public input on potential environmental impacts of a second wind farm off the coast of Block Island. The South Fork Wind Project is being developed by Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based offshore wind company that built the nation’s first-ever offshore wind farm near the island. South Fork will deliver power to Long Island, enough for about 50,000 homes. Clint Plummer, vice president of development at Deepwater Wind, said Rhode Island . . . Complete story »


October 12, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Officials push for ‘green’ power projects for Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – Consultants from the Narragansett Bay Commission are telling city officials they could save millions over the next 25 years by developing a solar farm to generate renewable energy to power municipal buildings. In an initiative spearheaded by the City Council, the NBC team reviewed seven bids from developers of alternative energy infrastructure that the city received after issuing a request for proposals in April. Only four of the respondents met the city’s minimum bid specifications. But Thomas P. . . . Complete story »


October 9, 2018 • Rhode Island, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Deepwater Wind sold for $510M

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Orsted, a Danish company and the world’s largest offshore wind developer, has agreed to pay $510 million to buy Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, the company that two years ago built the first offshore wind farm in the United States, a five-turbine array near Block Island. The acquisition, which was announced Monday and will be finalized in the coming months, will result in the creation of Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind – a new company that will have more than 8,000 . . . Complete story »


New England senators urge FERC to end press ban

Six New England senators urged FERC Tuesday to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings. U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a letter urging FERC to reject NEPOOL’s proposal to codify its longstanding closed door policy (ER18-2208). “Residents of New England pay some of the highest electricity rates across the country,” the senators said. . . . Complete story »


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 »


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