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Wind Power News: Rhode Island

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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.


May 22, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm cables cause headaches in Rhode Island

In June 2018, about one year ago, National Grid proposed a buoy-flanked “no-anchor zone” to mark a section of exposed cable during the summer boating season. The no-anchor zone was supposed to be a temporary solution, but now it looks as if the effort to rebury the cable as well as the wind farm cable that also became exposed will take another two years. National Grid’s sea2shore 34,500-volt cable connects the island to the mainland and includes fiber optic cable . . . Complete story »


May 21, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

National Grid, offshore wind company to bury cables exposed on Block Island

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. – Orsted offshore wind development company and National Grid have agreed to bury their offshore transmission cables to new and required depths after the cables became exposed in shallow water last spring at a popular beach, according to New Shoreham facilities manager Sam Bird. “We need it buried to the depth that it should be buried,” Bird said of the two cables that land at Crescent Beach about 100 feet apart. The town of New Shoreham, which includes . . . Complete story »


May 16, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

No vote on controversial wind turbine

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Residents will have to wait at least another month to learn the outcome of a wind turbine proposed for Old Smithfield Road after a third meeting on the topic failed to bring a vote Tuesday night. After two-and-a-half hours of testimony, members of the Zoning Board decided to hold off until their next meeting, tentatively scheduled for June 25, to begin final deliberations on a project that has pitted renewable energy company Green Development and property owner . . . Complete story »


May 2, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Mass. commercial fishermen decry offshore wind projects’ pace

PROVIDENCE – A coalition of Massachusetts commercial fishermen claims New England is not prepared for a cluster of wind-energy farms planned off the Cape Cod and Rhode Island coasts. If fully built out, the offshore wind farms would cover a 1,400-square-mile area larger than the Ocean State and would negatively impact marine life and fishing grounds, the group said. “Commercial fishing families, as stewards of the ocean, are concerned that a new industry is developing at a rapid pace without . . . Complete story »


April 25, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

NS Zoning Board gets earful at turbine hearing

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Zoning Board of Review heard detailed testimony on the health and visual impacts of whirling wind turbines Tuesday night as it resumed its hearing on a proposed 462-foot-tall wind energy generator at the Pacheco family farm at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The board heard opposition to the location of the wind turbine in North Smithfield both from residents abutting the proposed site and also from a number of people who went to the hearing to list the . . . Complete story »


April 25, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan has residents up in arms

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Neighbors on an otherwise quiet street found themselves at odds Tuesday night with a large numbers of residents who turned out to protest an application by North Kingstown-based Green Development to build a 462.5-foot wind turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The Zoning Board hearing followed close on the heels of an initial meeting in March during which company representatives laid out their plans for the turbine, a $7.5 million project . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

NS Zoning Board to resume turbine hearing tonight

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Zoning Board of Review appears headed for another long night of testimony on a proposed 462-foot-tall wind turbine on the historic Pacheco Farm at 810 Smithfield Road, after receiving additional proposal information from the builder, Green Development LLC of North Kingstown. Zoning Board Chairman Robert Najarian said on Monday that Green submitted additional site drawings and literature on its turbine plan for the site that must now be handled by the board as a first order . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

NS zoners to continue wind turbine hearing

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday will resume its hearing on a special permit and variance allowing construction of a 462-foot-tall wind turbine generator on the historic Pacheco family farm at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The 1.5-megawatt power generating structure would be built for Ruth Pacheco and her family by Green Development LLC of North Kingstown, a major developer of wind and solar power systems in Rhode Island. The zoning board on March 12 heard a presentation . . . Complete story »


March 20, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearing to begin on Revolution Wind project

WARWICK – Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission is set to open a public hearing Tuesday night on a contract with the developer of a proposed offshore wind-energy turbine farm that company and state officials say would supply about a quarter of the state’s electricity needs at reduced prices. National Grid Rhode Island, the state’s main electricity distributor, is seeking the commission’s approval of its contract with Orsted US Offshore Wind to supply 400 megawatts of electricity from its Revolution Wind . . . Complete story »


March 14, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents resume fight over wind turbine

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 2016 fight over a wind turbine proposed for land off Old Smithfield Road resumed this week when residents turned out in force to protest its construction during a meeting of the Zoning Board of Review Monday night. The application is a continuation of a plan originally submitted to the town in late 2015 by Green Development to construct a 462.5-foot turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The company, originally founded . . . Complete story »


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