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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.

January 18, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind offers $6.2M to compensate R.I. fishermen

PROVIDENCE – Vineyard Wind is offering to pay Rhode Island fishermen $6.2 million in compensation for lost access to fishing grounds as part of a mitigation plan for its proposed offshore wind farm that also includes the creation of a $23-million fund to research new gear and technology to support safe fishing in and around wind turbines. As expected, the offer to the state’s fishermen who catch squid, lobster and Jonah crab in the project waters south of Martha’s Vineyard falls . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind to present compensation offer to R.I. fishermen on Wednesday

NARRAGANSETT – Rhode Island fishermen have waited seven weeks for Vineyard Wind to put forward a proposal to compensate them for blocking access to valuable fishing grounds in the ocean waters where the New Bedford company wants to install 84 giant wind turbines. They’ll have to wait a little longer. Even though CEO Lars Pedersen said that his company had an offer ready, he would not release it at a public meeting of the state’s Fishermen’s Advisory Board Tuesday night. Instead, . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

RI fishing professionals worry offshore wind farm would harm industry

Fishermen across the Ocean State are worried a proposed offshore wind farm in the Rhode Island Sound would harm the state’s fishing industry. The Coastal Resources Management Council will vote on Jan. 22 whether to approve Vineyard Wind’s proposal to install 84 wind turbines off of Martha’s Vineyard to supply power to Massachusetts. “This is a losing proposition for the fishing industry- big time,” said Lanny Dellinger, who is the chair of the state’s fisheries advisory board. One of the . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Government shutdown delays Vineyard Wind meetings

NEW BEDFORD – The partial government shutdown has begun to affect the timeline for Vineyard Wind, though not necessarily enough to delay construction. Two federal meetings have been postponed indefinitely: one in New Bedford on Jan. 8 and one in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on Jan. 9. Others in Hyannis, Nantucket and Vineyard Haven will be postponed if the shutdown is still ongoing on Jan. 14. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meetings were scheduled to collect public comment on a . . . Complete story »

January 5, 2019 • Massachusetts, Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry could be endangered by planned wind turbines

Whatever the future for large scale off-shore wind farms in New England, New Bedford and its first in the nation fishing industry will feel the effects. Renewable energy from sources which include off-shore wind, are an undeniable part of our future. It’s a fair question though whether commercial fishing as it now exists in southern New England, will survive the installation of the largest and most extensive array of ocean based wind turbines in the world. The offshore wind lease . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. fishermen still without compensation deal from wind farm developer

NARRAGANSETT – Less than three weeks before Rhode Island coastal regulators are set to vote on a key approval for its $2-billion offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind has yet to come forward with a compensation package for the state’s commercial fishermen who say that the layout of the company’s 84 turbines will block access to valuable Atlantic Ocean fishing grounds. The Coastal Resources Management Council granted the New Bedford company a reprieve Nov. 27, delaying a vote on the application for . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore turbines could put rare shorebirds at risk

The recent record-breaking auction of development rights for offshore wind-energy installations off the coast of southern New England proves that developers are confident that obstacles to their construction and operation will likely be few. But after just two years of operation of the nation’s first offshore wind facility – the much-heralded Block Island Wind Farm – there is still a great deal unknown about their long-term environmental impact. A new study of the migratory behavior of a rare shorebird, funded by the . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Johnston mayor: Wind turbines are none of Cranston’s business

The fight continues in two local communities over seven wind turbines that now tower over their homes. The seven turbines stand tall on privately owned industrial lots located near the Johnston Landfill, but they’re visible from Alpine Estates in Cranston. On Monday night, several residents from the neighborhood attended the Cranston city council meeting to air their grievances about the new wind farm. When asked about the concerns Tuesday, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said the town and company that owns . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Survey conducted of exposed cables

A geophysical survey of the ocean floor at Block Island’s Town Beach is being conducted to determine a solution to prevent two of the Block Island Wind Farm’s transmission system cables from remaining exposed. The results will be analyzed by National Grid and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind, and released to the public in the near future. Ørsted purchased Deepwater Wind, which owned the Wind Farm. “We are working to collect more information on the subsurface conditions in the area of . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Cranston residents outraged over Johnston wind turbine project

It’s a project in Johnston that some Cranston residents aren’t happy about. Several wind turbines now tower over an area near the landfill and a section of homes in Western Cranston, including Alpine Estates. “I see five unobstructed, 519-foot turbines from any window along the back of my home and from every part of my entire backyard,” one resident said Monday night during a City Council meeting at City Hall. Several others also shared their concerns. “I came home one . . . Complete story »

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