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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.

January 8, 2020 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen, wind farm developers at odds

A group representing New England fishing interests on Tuesday called for special travel lanes through offshore wind farms proposed off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, putting the fishermen at odds with wind farm developers who want to retain as much space as possible for their turbines. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance called for the creation of six travel lanes, each one four nautical miles in width, through the entire lease area off the coast of the two states. . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen at odds with developers over wind farm layouts

Commercial fishing interests have put forward a proposal for how wind turbines should be laid out across the waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, asking federal rulemakers to consider establishing miles-wide, designated transit lanes that offshore wind energy developers have resisted. In a letter sent to the U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance asked that the agencies consider giving fishing vessels and other mariners six lanes, each four nautical . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2020 • Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen call for 4-nautical-mile lanes between offshore wind turbines

Northeastern commercial fishermen and seafood businesses are calling for transit lanes four nautical miles wide between rows of offshore wind turbines. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, a fishing lobby group whose members hail mainly from New England and New Jersey, wrote a letter to the U.S Coast Guard and other federal authorities to make its case for wider lanes, saying they would: – Allow enough room for a vessel to make a significant alteration of course if needed; – Provide . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy projects, development debate led the news

NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the second year in a row, fierce debates over individual projects continued to shape the conversation around the future of development and town identity in North Smithfield. In particular, renewable energy projects repeatedly made headlines across town as solar farms of all sizes and a controversial wind turbine that had been on the backburner for several years made the rounds before town boards. As the year went on, residents and town officials continued to raise concerns . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Green Development pitches solar on Pacheco property

While the two projects target the same parcel behind the Pacheco homes, the wind turbine isn’t completely off the table. After the Zoning Board unanimously rejected the turbine in July, the company appealed the decision in Superior Court. The town filed an answer to the appeal in late October, leaving the next move in the court process in the developer’s hands. Asked by Planning Board member Jeff Porter whether the solar application meant the wind turbine was dead, Goodier acknowledged the appeal remains active. Complete story »

November 30, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposals causing concerns for fishing industry

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D – Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) was pleased to hear about the changes made to two offshore wind farm proposal last week, calling the revisions “positive development.” The developers of this project, Mayflower Wind and Vineyard Winds, are hoping to place an 84-turbine array off Martha’s Vineyard and another 15 turbines in the Rhode Island Sound. According to Sosnowski, the newly announced changes will better address some of the needs of commercial . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2019 • Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine spacing proposal irks fishing industry

The commercial fishing industry is saying “Not so fast” regarding the proposal by five offshore wind leaseholders to institute a one nautical mile of spacing between wind turbines for upcoming development in the New England region. The turbine spacing would be arranged in a north, south, east and west uniformed grid formation pattern. The problem is: for safety purposes, the commercial fishing industry says it needs more spacing to conduct its business, noting that up to four nautical miles of . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Network could deliver wind power across southern New England

The company that is turning the site of a former coal-burning power plant in Somerset into a green energy center has filed a federal application to develop a single transmission network that could deliver power from offshore wind farms to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Anbaric, a Wakefield-based company that focuses exclusively on transmission, said it filed its application with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for “non-exclusive rights-of-way to develop the Southern New England OceanGrid,” which it described . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Hi neighbor! Green development moves in next door

Mark DePasquale, founder of Green Development LLC, embodies the tension surrounding renewable-energy development in Rhode Island. He’s both lauded and vilified. One of his projects, in the woods of Coventry, exemplifies the controversy that follows the state’s most prominent developer of wind and solar energy. In proposing a utility-scale energy project for a residential area in western Coventry, DePasquale paired plans for a 5-plus-megawatt solar array with a therapy farm that would serve people with special needs. However, town officials . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers revise spacing of turbines off R.I. coast

PROVIDENCE – The developers planning offshore wind farms in the waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts have agreed to space turbines one nautical mile apart and lay them out in uniform rows from east to west and columns from north to south in what they say is a bid to work with the commercial fishing industry and other ocean users. The companies, which include Vineyard Wind and Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, have submitted the proposed plan to the U.S. Coast Guard, . . . Complete story »

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