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.
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.
America’s experiment in off-shore wind-based energy is raising rates on residents and creating another burden for businesses in a state that is already consistently ranked one of the worst places for businesses in the country. In December last year, the first off-shore wind farm started operating off the coast of Rhode Island. Although hailed as an innovative step forward in renewable energy, some customers are balking at the higher costs. “My whole objection to the process back in 2010 was . . .
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of the problems with wind turbines is that they’re intermittent sources of power. The wind doesn’t always blow. Deepwater Wind, the Providence company that last year built the first offshore wind farm in the United States, may have solved that problem with its latest proposal, a 144-megawatt wind farm in the waters off Rhode Island that would be backed up with a 40-megawatt-hour battery storage system engineered by Tesla. “There’s no reason that an offshore wind farm . . .
In response to the whale carcass recently discovered on a beach in Jamestown, R.I., and the suggestion by local newspapers that the death of the creature may have been caused by the Block Island Wind Farm, the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is claiming there is no scientific evidence to prove the theory. The government office cites information from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which says there has been no scientific evidence collected to date of . . .
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In response to a just-released request for proposals from Massachusetts utilities for offshore wind power, Deepwater Wind plans to submit a project that, if selected, would constitute the second phase of development in an area off Rhode Island that the Providence company is leasing from the federal government. The project, which Deepwater has yet to release any details about, would follow construction of a 90-megawatt wind farm, targeted for completion in 2022, that would supply power to Long . . .
The fact that renewable energy producers pay people to buy their energy, albeit rarely, raises questions about the subsidies and tax credits they enjoy. "It looks like we are at the point now where the subsidization process has lifted the tide for these folks to the point that they don't need to be a foster child of the government anymore," said Fromuth. "Seems like we have found a way to keep the solar business abundantly cared for, so there is no existential threat to its continued growth, and that's a good thing."
JAMESTOWN, R.I. – There is nothing yet linking the Block Island Wind Farm to the death of humpback whales, but that hasn’t stopped anti-wind and conservative groups from making the connection. The recent stranding and death of a 32-foot juvenile humpback whale in Jamestown triggered speculation, and in some cases unsubstantiated assertions, that noise from the first U.S. offshore wind farm caused this and other whales to die. As the HuffPost recounts, the claim was first made by the conservative website . . .