Wind Power News: Rhode Island
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.
On Monday, March 20, the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (the Division) rebuffed the Block Island Power Company’s request to socialize the cost of connecting two substations on the island. The opinion was sent in a memorandum by the Division to the Public Utilities Commission. Docket 4688 requested that the cost of the interconnection between the new National Grid substation and BIPCo’s existing substation be spread to all of National Grid’s customers in Rhode Island, as opposed to . . .
COVENTRY – Citing increasing concerns from constituents in her ward regarding Wind Energy Development’s newly-installed wind turbines, Councilwoman Karen Carlson made a public plea this week with town officials to “take notice and listen.” The District 1 councilwoman read excerpts of correspondence she had received from residents surrounding the turbines. “Our dream of sitting outside behind our house enjoying some peace and quiet no longer exists,” said a resident of Flat River Road. “We sit on the deck at night and . . .
I, for one, am hoping that the State of Rhode Island does not replace the collapsed wind turbine at Salty Brine State Beach (“Fierce wind topples turbine,” news, March 15). It was a horrible addition to the area – very ugly and extremely noisy. People go to the beach to rest, relax and listen to the waves breaking on the shore or to the horn from the Block Island Ferry. They do not go to hear the constant annoying whine from . . .
A day later there were still no answers on why a state-funded wind turbine that was supposed to withstand much bigger gusts toppled over during Tuesday’s storm. A 100-foot tower holding up the turbine at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was brought low by the storm, tearing through the roof of a small structure and leaving significant damage. A Department of Environmental Management official on the scene said it was “an amazing sight” to see 4-inch galvanized pipe “just . . .
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – A fierce wind, shrieking into Rhode Island at speeds that were just a tick below hurricane force, toppled a wind turbine at Salty Brine State Beach Tuesday morning, bending the turbine’s tower and dropping the structure onto both a wooden pavilion and the rocky riprap along the channel in Galilee. The Department of Environmental Management learned about the incident around 10 a.m. and environmental police immediately went to the site, near the channel and adjacent to George’s . . .
In the end, the wind turbine was no match for the wind. A 100-foot tower holding up a wind turbine at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was brought low by Tuesday’s winter storm, tearing through the roof of a small structure and leaving significant damage. Larry Mouradjian, associate director of natural resources management for the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, called it “an amazing sight,” noting: “I mean, you can see 4-inch galvanized pipe that just snapped in half.” . . .
Just less than 140 megawatts of operational renewable energy projects currently exist across Rhode Island, mostly from solar and wind. However, Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to see more – much more – clean energy across the Ocean State in a very short amount of time. At Quonset Business Park, in front of various business, state and local government officials, Raimondo March 1 announced a goal for Rhode Island to adopt and develop 1,000 megawatts of clean energy resources – close . . .
What kind of marine wildlife is attracted to electromagnetic fields that emanate from the 30 megawatt undersea cable connecting Block Island to the mainland? The issue came up last week when the Coastal Resources Management Council directed National Grid to study an 80-foot section of the undersea cable that is not buried to the proper depth, and which may attract certain kinds of marine life due to its electromagnetic field. According to Dave Beutel, the Aquaculture and Fisheries Coordinator for . . .
WEST WARWICK – Following the recent uptick of interest in wind energy development in the state the town of West Warwick has decided to update its wind and renewable energy ordinances in the coming months. Councilman John D’Amico sponsored a discussion with the town council this week indicating that the planning and zoning boards needed stronger guidelines on which to base their decisions about turbine placement in the town. “We are moving to be a green community and certainly I am . . .
The town has not yet addressed the issue of wind energy, but commission Chair Harvey Buford said it was worth exploring, because turbines use less land than solar panels. Also attending the meeting was Hannah Morini, a project developer with Wind Energy Development LLC of North Kingstown. Morini answered technical questions about the site requirements of wind turbines and how they could produce significant revenue for the farmers on whose land they are built, as well as for the town.