Wind Power News: Rhode Island
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.
CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . .
Residents on the properties surrounding the turbines have complained of noise, with some claiming the sound can be heard even with all of the windows closed. Green Development retained a company called Noise Control Engineering, LLC in December 2016 who state in their report: “the wind turbines do not exceed the 65 dB(A) Town of Coventry noise limit.” The study results indicate that the turbines’ noise output is measured at between 35 and 47 decibels (db).
Despite a rabid plea by town officials to reject the referendum, voters in November 2010 approved a multi-million-dollar bond to construct a wind turbine. With nearly 3,000 registered taxpayers casting ballots, the measure passed with 50.2 percent of the vote. While no windmill ever was constructed, the $6.5 million in potential borrowing has been hanging over the town’s head. As that vote reaches its seven-year anniversary, however, the town is ready to relinquish the burden. “Most people have forgotten about . . .
In the rural village of Greene, R.I., residents have been fighting what seems like endless political town battles in opposition to Green Energy projects. We were targeted by developers and many of our town politicians to become the first residential wind and solar city of Rhode Island. Ten wind turbines have already cost the residents acres of forested space, and two major solar energy projects may be imminent – resulting in more destruction of our surrounding woodlands. Since installation of the . . .
MIDDLETOWN – As he stood in the parking lot of his Easton Pond Business Center, the moment was bittersweet for Blake Henderson. After more than a year of trying to get the 120-foot-tall wind turbine in the Aquidneck Corporate Park going again, Henderson said it was tough to see it being removed – despite all the problems it caused. The turbine had its admirers and detractors since it was installed in September 2009. At the time, Henderson said the turbine would help . . .
NOAA called a “declared unusual mortality rate” for whales beginning in April 2016 for an area stretching from North Carolina to Maine, which is still ongoing. Some people in New England are claiming that the existence of the five turbines comprising the Block Island Wind Farm are contributing to the unusual mortality rate, while NOAA said it has not yet found any link between the deaths of the whales and the unusual mortality rate.
A group of fishing organizations, businesses and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has taken more action to halt the lease of Statoil’s planned wind farm off the coast of New York. The suit, filed against the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is seeking summary judgment and requesting the court to invalidate the lease, which was awarded to Norwegian firm Statoil to develop the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA) late . . .
HOPKINTON – Members of the Town Council said they are reluctant to allow wind turbines to proliferate, but agreed at their Monday meeting to continue to explore ways of permitting some farmers to use wind energy as a means to generate income from their land. The town has already passed an ordinance allowing farmers with larger parcels to devote portions of their land to solar generating stations. Councilor Barbara Capalbo and council President Frank Landolfi said they were willing to consider . . .
Six wind turbines exceeding 500 feet in height are set to be built on industrial lots near the Johnston-Cranston border. Eyewitness News has learned Green Development LLC (previously known as Wind Energy Development LLC) has received a special use permit from the Johnston planning and zoning boards to construct the turbines on land being leased from private owners. The green-energy company needs final approval for a height variance, which is expected to come at a Sept. 28 Zoning Board of . . .
They led people to believe that Block Island would be “green,” running totally on electricity from the Wind Farm. That is not the case. The electricity from the Wind Farm flows to a substation on the Island and then it flows from the substation to the mainland via the cable. National Grid is paying Deepwater Wind 24.4 cents per kwH, initially. The Island is receiving its electricity from the mainland through the same cable at a purchase price of 3.5 cents per kw from Shell Energy via the ISO.