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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.

May 21, 2018 • Massachusetts, Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible

In an April opinion piece, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote that “affordable, reliable, and abundant American energy drives domestic jobs and prosperity.” If by “drives domestic jobs and prosperity” Zinke meant “threatens the very existence of New England fishermen,” then the East Farm Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island (which represents Rhode Island commercial fishermen) would agree. Right now, Zinke’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is reviewing a construction and operation plan submitted by Vineyard Wind. Vineyard Wind is a . . . Complete story »

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels

As Maine and New England shivered through last winter’s historic cold spell, the region’s electric system faced an unprecedented prospect: rolling blackouts. Several troubling circumstances were converging. Natural gas was scarce and pricey. A power line failure sidelined one of New England’s largest power plants. Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms. The combination forced grid operators to ramp up 1960s-era technology to keep the lights on. For the first time, they strategically juggled . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine company chairman addresses Portsmouth residents’ concerns

PORTSMOUTH – The founder and chairman of the company that owns and operates the town wind turbine on Wednesday night promised actions it will take in an attempt to satisfy nearby property owners who argue the machine hinders their quality of life. Mark DePasquale of Green Development LLC laid out the next steps at the end of a two-hour meeting with aggrieved residents. The company will inspect the three blades affixed to the 279-foot-tall turbine. It will then temporarily install devices . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms concern fisherpeople

When Greg Mataronas steams out of Narragansett Bay as early as 3 a.m., he is headed for grounds he knew as an eight-year-old. A native Rhode Islander, Mataronas grew up lobstering in Little Compton. After college, he returned to the ocean, unable to resist a profession rife with memories of his childhood. But as a commercial lobsterman, Mataronas’ days are far from youthful. Early morning wake-up calls, 16-hour days and occasional bouts of seasickness take their physical toll, and he . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Exeter town council tables hearings on renewable energy

EXETER– Though most of Exeter’s town council meeting Monday mostly revolved around public hearings on two proposed changes to the town’s renewable energy ordinances, both hearings were tabled for further review. More than 100 residents turned out for meeting, with many on both sides of the proposed amendments. The hearings pertained to proposed changes to the town’s solar and wind ordinances, both of which, if had been approved, would have opened the door to large scale developments of renewable energy . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine owner responds to noise, shadow criticism

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Responding to criticism aired at two recent Town Council meetings about the noise and shadows generated by the town wind turbine, the chairman of the company that owns it said the machine is operating the same, if not better, than the first turbine that stood there. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of Green Development LLC, submitted written testimony to Town Hall. He could not attend the council meeting March 12 because he had to monitor how the . . . Complete story »

Region’s power grid manager gets OK for renewable-fossil fuel exchange auction

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – The five enormous turbines that have been generating electricity off Block Island over the past year are considered a model for the future of offshore wind. But the nation’s first ocean-based wind farm also has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats to them caused by scattering massive metal shafts and snaking underwater cables across prime fishing grounds. With state officials poised to announce the winners of bids to develop much larger wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard, . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

7 massive wind turbines taking root near Central Landfill in Johnston

JOHNSTON – The Rhode Island skyline will soon get seven towering additions with a new $84-million wind farm that just started construction near the Central Landfill. Green Development, of North Kingstown, has begun site preparations on private land that it’s leasing for the installation of seven German-made wind turbines that will have a total capacity of 21 megawatts. By the end of the year, all of the 3-megawatt VENSYS direct-drive turbines are expected to start spinning. Each will stand 519 feet . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents say they’re not being heard over turbine noise

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Residents frustrated by the town turbine’s noises and shadows pleaded with the Town Council on Monday to force its owner and operator to mitigate the problems. Town Council President Keith Hamilton repeatedly advised the aggrieved individuals to deal directly with the company, North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, and its founder and chairman, Mark DePasquale. “If you haven’t reached out to (the company), please do so,” Hamilton said. “We have leased out the property and it is currently the . . . Complete story »

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