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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.

July 16, 2018 • Connecticut, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Scientists, offshore wind developer look to minimize marine life impacts

Despite lacking ears, oysters respond to noise. “We don’t think of underwater noise as an issue … but most marine life – if not all marine life – listens to the world around it in one way or another,” said Aaron Rice, a researcher at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. As part of the lab’s bioacoustics program, Rice’s research dives into the sounds animals make, helping scientists pinpoint habitats and behavior patterns. He also examines how human-made sounds impact sea critters, whether . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. squid fishermen fear wind power

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island fishermen say a patch of the Atlantic Ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard is among the best places around to catch squid. They are also the same waters in which a developer selected by Massachusetts plans to install up to 100 giant wind turbines that would supply clean, renewable energy to the state. Now, Rhode Island coastal regulators and the state’s fishing community are raising concerns that the offshore wind farm that Vineyard Wind wants to build . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. coastal agency has a say in wind projects federal waters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As a state regulatory agency, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council wouldn’t normally have authority over development projects proposed in federal waters far offshore. But the large ocean wind farms that Vineyard Wind and Deepwater Wind want to build in an area of waters stretching east of Block Island and south of Martha’s Vineyard are subject to oversight by the CRMC because of regulations that aim to balance federal activities with state coastal policy. The state agency . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

‘No anchor zone’ will protect exposed cable

Beginning June 15, a field comprising a dozen buoys, designating a “no-anchor zone,” will flank an exposed section of the National Grid sea2shore cable located off Town Beach, a move approved by the Town Council as a temporary solution until National Grid can address the cable situation more directly in the fall. The “no-anchor zone” will not directly address or fix the cable burial depth, it will simply keep boaters away from the cable while it remains exposed throughout the . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

RI Republicans: do offshore wind farms threaten marine life?

COVENTRY, RI—Days after Gov. Gina Raimondo announced a deal to plant more wind turbines off Rhode Island’s coast, several Republicans on Smith Hill are calling for a study about the potential impact on marine life. Rep. Sherry Roberts, R-Coventry, is the bill’s sponsor. She has said the turbines could harm the environment, as well as the fishing industry. “The Governor seems to have a double standard when it comes to the environment,” Roberts said. “She is touting temporary jobs at . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Quonset State Airport may be site for wind-power construction facilities

WARWICK, R.I. – Could land beside Narragansett Bay that’s now part of Quonset State Airport become a major port in the construction of offshore wind-turbine farms? The state wants to find out, and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and the Quonset Development Corporation took the first step Friday as the airport corporation’s board unanimously approved an agreement between the two agencies that could ultimately see the closing of the crosswind runway at the airport for the construction of port facilities serving . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry says it is threatened by offshore power development

Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are rejoicing about the surge in offshore power developments. But one group of workers is not happy about the development. “Offshore wind threatens the future of commercial fishing on the east coast of America,” says Meghan Lapp, an industry liaison with federal regulators. She says between the structures, the cables, and the radar interference, the wind turbine farms proposed for offshore will take away fishing grounds. “It’s the greatest threat to commercial fishing today,” . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island‘s ‘Wild West’ of renewable energy

Grow Smart R.I. supports Rhode Island’s ambitious renewable energy goal. But how we achieve this goal is as important as reaching the goal itself. Continuing to clear-cut thousands of trees and threaten our prime farm land in pursuit of this goal is unacceptable and unnecessary. We can and must do better. To end the current destructive “Wild West” approach to renewable energy siting in Rhode Island, we believe that the state should immediately place a moratorium on state incentives for . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island offshore wind announcement surprises many, but Governor denies lack of transparency

A recent announcement that Rhode Island plans to work with Deepwater Wind, developers of the Block Island Wind Farm, on a new larger-scale offshore wind project came as a surprise to many people. Rhode Island had been involved with Massachusetts for the past year in a selection process for offshore wind farms. Governor Gina Raimondo denies there was any lack of transparency during that time. “We participated, everyone knew we were participating, we’d been working on it for months,” Raimondo . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. picks Deepwater to build 400-megawatt offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE – The state has selected Deepwater Wind, the Providence company that built the nation’s first offshore wind farm, to develop a 400-megawatt proposal in federal waters far off the coast that would be more than 10 times the size of the Block Island demonstration project. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the surprise decision Wednesday afternoon. “Rhode Island made history when we built the first offshore wind farm in the United States,” she said in a statement. “Today, we are doing it . . . Complete story »

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