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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 22, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

How a 100-turbine wind farm is about to change Newport County’s oceanfront views

Within five years, Rhode Island’s horizon will be unmistakably altered to any beachgoer, fisherman or waterfront homeowner gazing out to sea, and the coastal Atlantic from Martha’s Vineyard to Long Island will be dotted with wind turbines arranged in orderly grids like trees in an orchard. They will appear small in perspective, and tower in reality over the men and women who go out on boats to service them, the blades rotating to the height of an 80-story building, 873 . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Anglers concerned about effects of Mayflower Wind project’s cable on fish habitats

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – An organized group of recreational anglers are opposing a proposal that would bury an export cable from a new offshore wind farm under the Sakonnet River. The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association has come out against the proposal from offshore wind developer Mayflower Wind, expressing concerns over the impacts to existing fish habitats, and recreational fishing. “We believe that during cable installation, an industrial operation such as burying a cable that is more than a foot wide . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Draft report issued, public meetings set on environmental impact of R.I. wind farm project

PROVIDENCE – The federal government this week released a draft report on the environmental impact of the first large-scale wind turbine project that would power Rhode Island – thousands of pages of analysis on everything from shipwrecks to whales to commercial fishing. The release of the report on Monday by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management marks a milestone in the Revolution Wind project, a joint venture of Denmark-based Ørsted and the Massachusetts utility Eversource. The project would bring 400 . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • Opinions, Rhode Island, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind consultant: BOEM should mandate more fisheries liaisons

Paul Forsberg watched as the Block Island Wind Farm pilot project with its five turbines was assembled in 2016 off Rhode Island. He saw a crowd on an island beach, gazing at the new wind generators and chattering with enthusiasm. “I don’t know if these things are going to work,” Forsberg said then. “But they’re coming.” Four years later, in 2020, Forsberg, who grew up in a well-known Montauk, N.Y, fishing family, started Offshore Wind Farm Support LLC, a consulting . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Watchdogs question Mayflower Wind’s Sakonnet River plan

Another wind farm turbine project has local fishermen, officials and others upset even in the early stages, especially because it will go through Rhode Island waters to power homes in Massachusetts. On Aug. 16, Mayflower Wind, which holds one of seven leases for proposed wind farms in federal waters near Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, held a virtual community meeting with residents in Portsmouth. Mayflower, which may foist 149 turbines running at full capacity someday, said it could generate enough power . . . Complete story »


August 18, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island towns want more influence over Mayflower Wind export cable

Two Rhode Island towns – Little Compton and Middletown – seek a full seat at the table as the Energy Facility Siting Board considers an application from Mayflower Wind to bury a power cable beneath the Sakonnet River. The board Thursday morning met at R.I. Public Utilities Commission headquarters in Warwick. Members heard oral arguments for and against granting the two coastal towns “intervenor status.” Intervenor status would give the municipalities power to summon witnesses and gain greater access to information about . . . Complete story »


August 17, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth: Mayflower Wind reps grilled about cable route

PORTSMOUTH – During an informational meeting before the Town Council Tuesday night, Mayflower Wind representatives were peppered with questions about the route of a proposed cable that would bring converted energy from offshore wind farms through Portsmouth to Somerset. Local officials and residents are concerned about Mayflower’s proposal to run underground cables through land in Portsmouth, which could potentially cause traffic issues and impact wetlands and wildlife. Mayflower, meanwhile, insists it cannot continue the cables underwater and north past the Sakonnet . . . Complete story »


August 11, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents push for benefits as Mayflower Wind continues to seek Portsmouth access

PORTSMOUTH – Mayflower Wind officials are continuing the push to run transmission cables across Portsmouth, and now residents are suggesting the town is in a position to benefit from the situation. Mayflower Wind on Tuesday held a public engagement session with municipal stakeholders as its preliminary hearing with the state Energy Facility Siting Board approaches, sending transmission development manager Lawrence Mott and general counsel Daniel Hubbard to the Portsmouth Town Council meeting to deliver a presentation and hear questions and comments . . . Complete story »


Reserve margin may need to rise to 300% by 2040 as more renewables added to grid: ISO New England

“This scenario would require such a large amount of wind and solar that it may present significant challenges [to] the transmission system and require an outsized amount of land or offshore areas to be sited and developed for the necessary wind and solar farms,” the report warned. Complete story »


July 21, 2022 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Mayflower Wind offshore electric cables to run through Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH – Holding one of the seven leases for proposed wind farms in 1,400 square miles of federal waters near the coast of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Mayflower Wind officials say its lease, with 149 massive turbines running at full capacity, could generate enough electricity to power a million homes in the state of Massachusetts. To get the power onshore, however, they want to go directly through Portsmouth. Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board notified the Portsmouth Town Council on June . . . Complete story »


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