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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 28, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

With federal approval of South Fork wind farm, construction could begin early next year

While federal approval was never really in doubt, the proposal faced a rockier path when it came before Rhode Island coastal regulators. The state Coastal Resources Management Council awarded what’s known as a federal consistency certification in June, but the decision came over the objections of fishermen who complained that the wind farm would interfere with their livelihoods. Certification that the wind farm is consistent with state coastal policies also came despite concerns raised by Save The Bay and others about the council’s permitting process for the wind farm, which would be built in an area called Cox Ledge in Rhode Island Sound that is home to a rich diversity of fish, including species of tuna and Atlantic cod. Complete story »

November 27, 2021 • Louisiana, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Trouble in the wind: Offshore turbine farms complicate fishing, shrimping

POINT JUDITH, R.I. – Robert Ballinger watches every inch of a long green net as it unfurls from a spool on the back of this boat, the Lena Pearl, one of dozens of fishing vessels packed into a tiny harbor in America’s smallest state. He’s concentrating, looking for any tears or debris that might cause trouble next time he’s trawling off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’d prefer to focus on small problems like these and ignore the . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2021 • New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Biden administration approves South Fork wind farm off Rhode Island

The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday it approved the South Fork offshore wind power project off the coast of Rhode Island, making it the second commercial-scale wind project with federal approval. The decision comes as the administration of President Joe Biden seeks to rapidly expand the U.S. offshore wind industry as part of its broader effort to decarbonize the nation’s power sector by 2035, and the whole economy by 2050, to fight climate change. The approximately 130-megawatt South Fork . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New to Providence skyline: Pieces of massive new wind turbines arrive at Providence port

PROVIDENCE – Pieces of three new wind turbines that will rise over the waterfront arrived in the Port of Providence on Monday. The 1.5-megawatt Vensys turbines arrived by ship from Germany and will be installed by Cranston-based Green Development at the southern end of Fields Point, on land owned by ProvPort and Johnson & Wales University. They will join another trio of wind turbines that went up in 2012 just to the north at the wastewater treatment plant operated by the . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2021 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Feds to begin environmental review for Sunrise Wind project

The federal government will begin an environmental review for Sunrise Wind, an offshore wind-power project slated to be built in federal waters 31 miles east of Montauk Point with a plan to power hundreds of thousands of Long Island homes by 2025. The project, to be built off the Massachusetts-Rhode Island coast, will involve up to 122 turbines upward of 968 feet tall and more than 100 miles of cable to a landing point at Smith Point. Three public sessions . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2021 • New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Final report on South Fork Wind Farm cautions of impacts to fishing industry

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, and is expected to release its final decision on the project in October. The agency said negative impacts to commercial and recreational fishing would be “major” and found there would be “minor to moderate” beneficial impacts in terms of jobs and investment in the local economy. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project, released on BOEM’s website Monday, Aug. . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2021 • New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Study: Wind farm could have ‘major’ impacts on commercial fishing

Development of the South Fork Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island would have an overall “major” adverse impact on commercial fishing, according to a newly released federal study. Impacts to commercial fishing include navigational hazards from potential collisions, loss of fishing grounds and impacts from construction and operation, according to a final environmental impact statement released Monday by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The study found that impacts to other categories studied such as the potential . . . Complete story »

New England solar developer’s legal wrangling draws praise, criticism

Thomas Melone is president of a Connecticut solar company. He is also a lawyer. And between the two, observers say, he is something of an enigma.  As head of Allco Renewable Energy, Melone says his company’s corporate mission is to combat the devastating impacts of climate change. But he’s also filed multiple lawsuits challenging several states’ clean energy programs. He most recently made news by suing in federal court to have approvals overturned for Vineyard Wind – poised to be the . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Block Island offshore wind farm still down for maintenance and safety inspections

PROVIDENCE – For the better part of two months now, four of the five wind turbines at America’s first offshore wind farm haven’t been spinning. Ørsted, the Danish offshore wind developer, shut down the turbines off Block Island in June for routine maintenance but also to carry out inspections after problems arose in Europe with the same model of turbine manufactured by General Electric. Workers at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea found signs of stress fatigue on . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Members named to commission considering overhaul of RI coastal council

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has named 15 members to a special commission that will study the structure and operations of the state Coastal Resources Management Council and consider a reorganization of the agency that oversees all coastal development in Rhode Island. The House approved legislation creating the commission in June amid concerns about several recent decisions by the coastal council. The powerful council not only has authority over development along the state’s 400 miles of coastline but also . . . Complete story »

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