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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.

April 9, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

National Grid reaps $46M in excess profits from RI wind surcharge

PROVIDENCE – More than a decade ago, when policymakers put Rhode Island on the path to hosting the first offshore wind farm in the nation, they made a bargain. They knew that power from the Block Island Wind Farm would be expensive but were willing to pay the price in the hopes that the project would spur creation of a new clean-energy industry in the state. What they didn’t bargain for was that the wind farm would become a gold mine . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Senate Republicans said the bill puts too much power in the hands of the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, which, under the approved bill, would be charged with developing the state’s plans to meet the new emissions reductions targets. The council was created in 2014 to advise the governor on what state agencies can do to address climate change. It’s made up of heads of state agencies, including the departments of environmental management, transportation and health, and the energy resources office. “This legislation transfers power from the General Assembly to a group of unelected bureaucrats appointed by the governor,” Senate Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz said. Complete story »

April 1, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Foster planners will consider whether to ban wind turbines

Rhode Island’s wind turbine debate is coming to Foster, where members of the Planning Board are set to have a discussion on the future of this energy source here. Town Planner Michael Antonellis said the April 6 meeting, a replacement for the canceled March 17 meeting, will feature a “preliminary exploratory discussion on how to address wind turbines in town.” “The Planning Board is doing its due diligence to research the issue and figure out how to best proceed,” he . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Green Development proposes wind turbines in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – Green Development, the renewable energy company known for its solar and wind projects around Rhode Island, has pitched a plan to build three wind turbines within the city of Woonsocket. Two of the wind turbines would be located on land owned by the city near Highland Corporate Park off Park East Drive. A third turbine would be located on a city-owned parcel near the end of Lydia Avenue off Manville Road. The company responded to a 2018 request . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm shows up as constant rain storm over Johnston

Maybe you’ve noticed a green radar blob over Johnston on our day-to-day weather graphics. It looks like it’s always raining there. Well, it’s actually called clutter – and it really shouldn’t be there. First, let’s talk a bit about radars themselves. Radars work by sending out short bursts of radio waves in all directions at the speed of light. They strike rain, sleet, snow, even some structures, and terrain. And some of that energy is reflected and sent back to . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen, developers hit impasse over offshore wind farm plan

PROVIDENCE – When representatives of Rhode Island’s fishing industry started negotiating with Ørsted and Eversource over compensation for impacts from the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, they had just come off a bruising battle with another offshore wind developer and were hoping for something better. But after more than a year of talks with the two partners on the 130-megawatt project that would be built in Rhode Island Sound and supply power to Long Island, members of the state Fishermen’s Advisory . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2021 • Rhode Island, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

As Commerce Secretary, Raimondo to play key role in offshore wind

PROVIDENCE – In the selection of Gina Raimondo as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the offshore wind industry would get a champion in Washington. What influence she could bring to bear for the emerging energy sector remains to be seen, but if confirmed to her new position in the Biden cabinet, Raimondo would oversee federal fisheries regulators who have raised some of the concerns about potential negative impacts of erecting what could be many hundreds of wind turbines in the . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

‘This won’t be free.’ R.I. maps path to 100% renewables

Rhode Island’s goal of reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2030 is achievable but potentially costly, according to a new report from state officials. The state’s use of renewable power will need to increase 150% over the next decade to meet the all-renewables target established by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) last year, said the report from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Boston-based consulting firm the Brattle Group. Rhode Island’s timeline is more ambitious than those of many other . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Pivotal moment for cable reburial project

For many months now, crews contracted by Orsted and National Grid have been busy working on the reburial of a portion of their two undersea electric transmission cables, one that goes out to the wind farm, and one that connects Block Island to the mainland. The cables were not originally installed at the desired depth of six feet, and had become exposed in areas due to shifting sands. While workers were visible constructing a 3,500-foot conduit that stretched the entire . . . Complete story »

Subsidies a bone of contention as renewable energy producers seek federal ruling

Supporters of expanding renewable energy are headed for a showdown with New England’s energy market operator at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over an arcane rule that could have major implications in the near future for how much is invested in solar and offshore wind compared to natural gas. Debate over the true cost of developing solar and offshore wind projects has led to two competing proposals – one from the regional energy market operator ISO-New England and the other . . . Complete story »

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