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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.

March 21, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine owner responds to noise, shadow criticism

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Responding to criticism aired at two recent Town Council meetings about the noise and shadows generated by the town wind turbine, the chairman of the company that owns it said the machine is operating the same, if not better, than the first turbine that stood there. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of Green Development LLC, submitted written testimony to Town Hall. He could not attend the council meeting March 12 because he had to monitor how the . . . Complete story »

Region’s power grid manager gets OK for renewable-fossil fuel exchange auction

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – The five enormous turbines that have been generating electricity off Block Island over the past year are considered a model for the future of offshore wind. But the nation’s first ocean-based wind farm also has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats to them caused by scattering massive metal shafts and snaking underwater cables across prime fishing grounds. With state officials poised to announce the winners of bids to develop much larger wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard, . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

7 massive wind turbines taking root near Central Landfill in Johnston

JOHNSTON – The Rhode Island skyline will soon get seven towering additions with a new $84-million wind farm that just started construction near the Central Landfill. Green Development, of North Kingstown, has begun site preparations on private land that it’s leasing for the installation of seven German-made wind turbines that will have a total capacity of 21 megawatts. By the end of the year, all of the 3-megawatt VENSYS direct-drive turbines are expected to start spinning. Each will stand 519 feet . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents say they’re not being heard over turbine noise

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Residents frustrated by the town turbine’s noises and shadows pleaded with the Town Council on Monday to force its owner and operator to mitigate the problems. Town Council President Keith Hamilton repeatedly advised the aggrieved individuals to deal directly with the company, North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, and its founder and chairman, Mark DePasquale. “If you haven’t reached out to (the company), please do so,” Hamilton said. “We have leased out the property and it is currently the . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines coming to a backyard near you? State office pushes bill that would take away local authority over wind energy siting

COVENTRY – The state’s Office of Energy Resources (OER) is proposing a bill that would direct local municipalities to meet certain renewable energy siting standards by implementing ordinances dictating where such facilities can be built in each city or town. Coventry has had a particularly interesting relationship with renewable energy over the last several years. Many residents have expressed concerns about several wind turbines installed in Greene by Green Energy Development, which they claim are causing issues with noise and shadow . . . Complete story »

Wind power proposals surpass natural gas plans

The manager of New England’s power grid says for the first time ever, there are more proposals for new wind power projects than there are for natural gas. But getting those wind turbines up and running is a totally different ballgame. About half of those new proposed wind projects would be onshore – in northern parts of New England. But here’s the problem: many don’t have a way to plug into the grid. “Half of the wind projects would be sited . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Commercial fishermen question wind farm video

Offshore wind proponents are touting new undersea footage that suggests a vibrant marine habitat is growing around the nation’s first offshore wind farm – a five-turbine operation off Rhode Island’s waters. The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, says the roughly two-minute clip it posted on YouTube this week shows the potential for the nation’s fishing industry as larger projects are envisioned up and down the East Coast. “The turbine foundations are now acting as an artificial reef,” said . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New underwater footage from around Block Island wind farm reveals thriving ecosystem

Commercial fishermen aren’t so lucky. Greg Duckworth said since the construction of the wind farm, he’s been catching fewer fish with his gillnets and his income has gone down about 30 percent. Meghan Lapp, fisheries liaison at Seafreeze Ltd., said commercial fishermen who use trawl nets are also having issues because they need about a half a mile of open space to drag their gear through the ocean. Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents voice concerns over noise, flicker generated by turbine

PORTSMOUTH – The combination of the noise and shadows generated by the town’s wind turbine has rankled some neighbors who voiced their frustration to the Town Council during its meeting Monday. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of the company that owns the turbine, tried to reassure them with promises to address the bothersome conditions. David Souza, a lifelong town resident who lives on Lowell Drive, showed videos of the repeated, flashing shadows cast on his home by the three blades . . . Complete story »

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