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Wind Power News: Rhode Island

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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.


November 24, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Trio of wind turbines in Providence get go-ahead

PROVIDENCE – Three new wind turbines are set to rise over the city’s waterfront. The turbines are set to go up in 2021 at the southern end of Fields Point, on land owned by the Port of Providence and Johnson & Wales University. When they’re completed, on a date expected to come around next fall, they will join another trio of turbines that were installed just to the north in 2012 at the wastewater treatment plant operated by the Narragansett Bay . . . Complete story »


November 24, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

First major R.I. offshore wind project faces further delays, with no clear completion date

PROVIDENCE – The 12-year saga of efforts to build a utility-scale offshore wind project off the coast of Rhode Island has been extended again, with no clear end-date in sight. International developer Orsted A/S, which has a national hub in Providence, has pulled back on its previously estimated 2023 completion date for the Revolution Wind project slated for federal waters off the coast of Rhode Island. In an October earnings call, Orsted President and CEO Henrik Poulson said it was . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2020 • Connecticut, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm in development between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard

A new wind farm 15 miles off the Rhode Island coast, between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, could become home to up to 100 new wind turbines in the next few years. Kellen Ingalls with the company Orsted says, “Revolution Wind will produce enough clean energy to power 350,000 homes and displace, by eliminating future emissions, more than 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon pollution.” The farm would connect to the power grid through a transmission line at Quonset Industrial Park . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

RI’s wind-farm plan poised to advance in ’21

PROVIDENCE – Much was made of the Raimondo administration’s selection in 2018 of a proposal for a massive offshore wind farm off the Rhode Island coast that would power as much as a quarter of the state’s electric load. The project, known as Revolution Wind, cleared a key hurdle a year later when state regulators approved a contract for the wind farm to sell power to National Grid, Rhode Island’s dominant electric utility. And developers Orsted and Eversource Energy would get . . . Complete story »


November 3, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island in position for offshore wind power grab

Local demand for offshore wind power continues to grow, as Rhode Island recently announced plans to buy up to 600 megawatts of new offshore wind energy to meet its renewable-energy targets. The offshore power grab aligns with Gov. Gina Raimondo’s goal to source 100 percent of the state’s energy from renewable projects by 2030, either by paying for the electricity from renewable-energy projects or buying renewable-energy credits, known as RECs. “Offshore wind will help us achieve that bold, but achievable . . . Complete story »


October 30, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

In the new year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States will shut off its turbines, and its customers on nearby Block Island in Rhode Island will revert to diesel generation. The rocky saeabed around Block Island has been worn away by tides and storms, sometimes exposing high-voltage cables in a popular swimming location that developers failed to bury deep enough when the facility was brought online in 2016. To splice in newly buried cables, the wind farm . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

RI set to double down on offshore wind power

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is set to double down on its commitment to offshore wind power. The Ocean State became home to the first offshore wind farm in the nation with the completion of the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm in 2016 and followed up last year with a contract for another 400 megawatts of capacity from the proposed Revolution Wind project to be built southwest of Martha’s Vineyard. Now, Gov. Gina Raimondo is looking to procure as much as 600 . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2020 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Mills joins push for region’s electric grid operations to reflect state climate goals

Gov. Janet Mills has joined four other New England governors to press the operator of the region’s electric grid to do more to accommodate a future in which most people will be encouraged to heat their homes and drive vehicles powered with electricity generated by renewable resources. In a statement issued Wednesday to grid operator ISO-New England, the governors of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island said operation of the grid and the current wholesale electricity market must be . . . Complete story »


October 2, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Project to rebury wind farm cables complex, costly

Ed. Note: With the project to rebury two sections of undersea cables about to get underway, The Block Island Times reached out to Block Island Wind Farm owner Ørsted, and National Grid, about the scope and complexity of the endeavor. Interview conducted by email by Lars Trodson. National Grid’s questions were answered by Ted Kresse, Director, Strategic Communications and Ørsted spokesperson Meaghan Wims. BIT: Has a specific start date for the cable reburial been set? NG: Teams from both National . . . Complete story »


September 30, 2020 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Study: Solar projects driving down home values in R.I. suburbs

PROVIDENCE – Opponents of the development of large solar installations in rural and suburban Rhode Island argue that sprawling tracts of photovoltaic panels mar the character of their communities. They worry that in many cases construction of the industrial energy projects mean clear-cutting acres of woodlands or building in open fields, leading to a loss of prime green space. Now, it looks like they have something else to be concerned about. After analyzing thousands of property sales in Rhode Island and . . . Complete story »


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