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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 11, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

With wind turbine decision under appeal, developer turns to solar on Pacheco property

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Three months after the Zoning Board unanimously rejected a plan to build a wind turbine at 810 Old Smithfield Road, the developer is back with a new plan for the property, this time to construct a solar farm. Green Development, the company formerly known as Wind Energy Development, has submitted an application to build a two-megawatt solar farm on a 53-acre site owned by the Pacheco family. The site, according to the application, is located in a . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Progressives’ R.I. power plan starts with Cranston

The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America have a plan to power Cranston with nothing but renewable energy. Unveiled at a meeting Wednesday night, it is the first part of what the group intends to be a blueprint to meet all of Rhode Island’s energy needs and more with solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage facilities by 2030. The group chose that date because it’s when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the planet will begin to suffer . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Emails show bond between NOAA, fishermen against project

Meghan Lapp was steamed. It was late February, and Rhode Island regulators had just finalized a mitigation plan intended to blunt an offshore wind project’s economic impact on local fishermen. Lapp, who handles government relations at a Rhode Island fishing company, viewed the plan as a farce. “What happened last night in R.I. was an absolute roll over the fishing industry,” she wrote to two staffers at NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency that regulates commercial fishing. State regulators had taken . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

BOEM chief: Trump admin committed to offshore wind

BOSTON – Offshore wind remains part of the Trump administration’s energy agenda, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s acting director said yesterday. Addressing a gathering here hosted by the American Wind Energy Association, BOEM chief Walter Cruickshank offered a measure of reassurance to an industry buffeted by uncertainty after federal regulators called for an additional environmental review of the nation’s first offshore wind project earlier this year. That decision, coupled with President Trump’s unfavorable comments about wind, prompted a round of . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton residents question Conservation Commission mandate after chairman’s pro-wind comments

HOPKINTON – Several residents took advantage of the public forum during Monday’s Town Council meeting to question the mandate of the Conservation Commission and the involvement of its chairman, Harvey Buford, in advocating the installation of industrial wind turbines in the town. They also asked the council to reactivate the Economic Development Commission, saying that body, not the Conservation Commission, should be charged with evaluating the economic benefits of renewable energy projects. “Reacting to who comes knocking is not a good . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2019 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Insults won’t taint Hopkinton wind ban

I write in response to Mr. Buford’s Oct. 14 letter titled “What’s the NIMBY plan for alternative energy in Hopkinton?”: Who knew that the Hopkinton Conservation Commission was in the energy development business? Mr. Buford’s childish name calling – “NIMBY” – and his mischaracterization of the local residents group as “anti-renewable energy” is unbecoming at best. Of course we are concerned about our backyards, and everyone else’s too. Responsible siting is the key to renewable energy. To date we have seen egregious . . . Complete story »

October 8, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton council OKs ban on industrial wind turbines, but some say farmers’ viability could suffer

HOPKINTON – The Town Council approved two motions at Monday’s meeting that will effectively prohibit the installation of industrial wind turbines in all zones throughout the town. Two text amendments, proposed by councilor Sylvia Thompson on Aug. 19, amend the town’s district use table and the comprehensive plan. Both amendments were approved by a vote of 3-2, with Thompson, Scott Bill Hirst and Sharon Davis supporting the motion and council President Frank Landolfi and Barbara Capalbo opposed. There are no industrial . . . Complete story »

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 »

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