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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.

July 23, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Chair of controversial council that controls RI’s 400 miles of coastline just stepped down

PROVIDENCE – The chairwoman of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council has stepped down, leaving at a time when the agency has come under searing criticism over some of its decisions. Jennifer Cervenka, an environmental lawyer with a practice in Providence, submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Dan McKee on Wednesday. Cervenka declined an interview request. In the two-page letter to the governor, she did not give a reason for her decision. “I leave the council knowing it is doing . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Solar power bill might have cost ratepayers $54 million or more

PROVIDENCE – How much money could Rhode Islanders have been on the hook for if Gov. Dan McKee had not vetoed a bill that shifted some of the costs of solar and wind projects from developers to electric ratepayers? An estimate in the near term is $54.7 million, according to emails released by state regulators in response to a records request from The Journal. And numbers of a similar magnitude could have recurred in the longer term if the current pace . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Governor vetoes bill that could have shifted costs of renewable energy development to ratepayers

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Dan McKee has vetoed a bill pushed by a single renewable-energy developer – and big political contributor – that could have shifted millions of dollars in the costs of solar and wind projects from developers to ratepayers. Approved in the final days of this year’s General Assembly session, the legislation was introduced at the urging of Cranston-based Green Development, headed by Mark DePasquale. In his first veto message since becoming governor, McKee said: “This bill will have the effect of . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Smithfield seeking proposals for renewable energy projects

SMITHFIELD – The town of Smithfield is one step closer to potentially hosting renewable energy projects on two town sites. At the June 1 Town Council meeting, councilors approved issuing a request for proposals for renewable energy growth proposals on two town properties: the Sand Trace gravel pit, located at 0 Clarence Thurber Drive, and the landfill located between 265 and 275 Ridge Road. The gravel pit is 38.6 acres, while the landfill is 24 acres total. A separate request . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island regulators give OK to South Fork wind farm

Shockwaves from driving piles to support the project would kill fish and larvae in the area, and the noise would drive them away, according to the fishermen’s group. The platforms themselves would also make it difficult for fishermen to navigate in the area of Cox Ledge, depriving them of a prime fishing spot. To the Fisherman’s Advisory Board, one unstated goal of the developers is to weaken the wind power regulatory process in Rhode Island. The South Fork project is big and new by American standards, but smaller and older than the next projects coming down the pike, including nearby Revolution Wind. “There’s other projects coming,” said Desautel. “And it’s not looking good for the fishermen.” Complete story »

June 3, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

RI coastal regulators back South Fork Wind Farm, over objections from fishermen

PROVIDENCE – State coastal regulators approved a vital certification for the South Fork Wind Farm on Wednesday, a decision that pushes the second major offshore wind project proposed in the United States one step closer to reality. The vote by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in favor of the wind farm was made over the objections of fishermen, who argued that a mitigation package agreed to with developers Ørsted and Eversource would fall well short of adequately compensating them . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Developers shrink South Fork Wind project, but fishermen aren’t satisfied

Offshore wind developers have slightly scaled back their plans to build the South Fork Wind farm off the coast of eastern Long Island, but the project still doesn’t sit well with fishermen. Developers Orsted and Eversource said they will reduce the number of wind turbines they plan to build from 15 to 12. The turbines are slated to be 35 miles off the coast of Montauk point. Those waters are centuries-old fishing grounds for fishermen from Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2021 • New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island fishermen also peeved with South Fork Wind

In a virtual meeting of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council on Tuesday night, members of its fisheries advisory board strongly objected to the council’s conclusion that the South Fork Wind Farm’s new “minimization alternative” – 12 wind turbine generators instead of 15, reducing its footprint – and a $12 million fisheries compensation package, are consistent with the state’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan. The advisory board also took exception to the state council’s inclination to issue “conditional concurrence” pursuant to . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Alleging ‘backroom deal,’ fishermen’s group opposes new plan for South Fork Wind Farm

PROVIDENCE – A board of fishermen that advises Rhode Island coastal regulators on offshore wind development has come out in opposition to state certification of the South Fork Wind Farm. A lawyer for the Fishermen’s Advisory Board said a recommendation by staff at the Coastal Resources Management Council that was agreed to by developers Ørsted and Eversource to reduce the number of turbines in the 132-megawatt project and set up a fishing compensation fund does not meet the concerns of board . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2021 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators push off vote on offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island coastal regulators will wait another week before making a decision on a key approval for a large offshore wind farm proposed in ocean waters southeast of Block Island. The state Coastal Resources Management Council was set to decide Tuesday whether to certify that the South Fork Wind Farm complies with Rhode Island’s coastal policies, but after five hours of testimony from developers Orsted and Eversource in favor of the 132-megawatt project and from fishermen concerned about . . . Complete story »

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