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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.

September 13, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers look into impact electric cables from offshore turbines could have on sharks, lobsters

Little is known about how marine life will respond to the electromagnetic fields emanating from the spiderweb of cables carrying electricity from the Block Island Wind Farm and the many other offshore wind-power installations planned for the East Coast. But a new series of studies by a team of oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island suggests that some organisms will definitely be impacted. “The concern is that DC [direct] currents generate permanent electromagnetic fields, and we don’t really know . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. fishermen unsatisfied with wind turbine plan

NARRAGANSETT – When Rhode Island commercial fishermen sat down a year ago with offshore wind developers, they say they made it clear that for the sake of navigational safety the minimum spacing of any turbines installed in ocean waters needs to be at least one nautical mile in every direction. That meeting in July 2018 at the East Farm Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, in South Kingstown, with Vineyard Wind and Deepwater Wind (which has since become part of Ørsted . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2019 • Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines and fishing nets fight for offshore space

NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. – Port officials, state lawmakers and wind industry representatives boarded a high-speed ferry one recent morning for the one-hour trip to Block Island, the site of America’s lone offshore wind farm. The mood was buoyant. The five turbines off Block Island can generate just 30 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 17,000 homes, but they represent the potential dawn of a wind boom along the East Coast. Wind developers have signed deals with states up and down . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island OKs $900M in tax credits for Boston Energy in effort to become wind-energy hub

Rhode Island approved tax credits Monday to lure a third major offshore wind company to the state as part of an effort to become a hub for the industry. The first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island in late 2016, and Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to see the industry grow in the state. The Rhode Island Commerce Corp. approved nearly $900,000 in tax credits over 10 years for Boston Energy, which plans to open its U.S. . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Troubling questions, concerns raised about off-shore wind farms

NARRAGANSETT – Oceanographer Jon Hare listed the effects of offshore wind development on the marine environment. There’s disturbance to the sea floor during installation of turbine platforms. Noise from pile-driving and other activities. Increases in boat traffic. Lighting of the project site. Dredging for electric cables. The impacts can be far-reaching. “Putting a pile into the sediment in essence is habitat alteration,” said Hare, a science and research director with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. “You’re . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines and radar mix poorly

As budding offshore wind development brings the U.S. to the brink of a new chapter in energy production, questions remain as to how radar interference caused by wind turbines will be diminished or eliminated. Vineyard Wind’s 84-turbine wind farm, slated for an Atlantic lease area about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, effectively had the rug pulled out from underneath it August 9, when the Department of the Interior announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would hold off . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton council hears pros, cons of proposed ban on wind turbines

WOOD RIVER JCT. – The Hopkinton Town Council heard community discussion Monday on a proposal to amend the town’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance to prohibit wind turbines. The amendments, proposed by Town Council member Sylvia Thompson, would effectively eliminate the consideration of wind energy projects under the comprehensive plan and would prohibit the turbines from all zones in town. Hopkinton does not currently have any wind turbines, and there are no laws prohibiting them. However, the Hopkinton Conservation Commission has . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Sources: Vineyard Wind decision delayed until December 2020

Final approval for the Vineyard Wind Project will likely not happen for at least another 18 months, according to information received from multiple sources by The Public’s Radio. This means the country’s first large scale offshore wind farm won’t begin construction in time to take advantage of a lucrative federal tax credit that expires at the end of the year. The Department of the Interior will decide on whether to approve construction of the Vineyard Wind project in December 2020, . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind layout tough issue for regulators

Vineyard Wind’s turbine layout is likely one of the sticking points that prompted federal regulators late last week to expand their environmental review of the wind farm to include an analysis of how it would interact with a host of other projects in the planning stages along the East Coast. While Massachusetts politicians accused the Trump administration of delaying the project to death, officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have been struggling with whether to look at the . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind dealt severe blow by feds

Vineyard Wind’s, the $2.8 billion, 800-megawatt offshore wind project planned for waters off Martha’s Vineyard, appears to have been delayed, perhaps significantly, by the federal government, the State House News Service reported Friday. Last month, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notified project officials that the government was “not yet prepared” to issue a final environmental impact statement, which had been that month. It’s the latest blow in what’s been a difficult stretch for the offshore wind farm company, . . . Complete story »

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