Articles from Rhode Island

Manufacturers group opposes wind-power pact

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association has filed a brief with the state Supreme Court that opposes a power-purchase agreement signed between the state's largest electric utility and an offshore-wind power developer. The association submitted the amicus brief last week but has yet to learn whether it will be accepted.
22 Dec 2010

Wind turbine study nixed by Town Council

The Jamestown Town Council voted down a motion on Dec. 13 that would have directed Town Administrator Bruce Keiser to select and hire the contractors necessary to prepare the technical paperwork required for a turbine-interconnection study by National Grid. Keiser would have also had to appeal a height restriction handed down by the Federal Aviation Administration.
16 Dec 2010

Fishermen fear turbines' impact

Governor Carcieri and other supporters of an expanded wind-energy proposal in Rhode Island Sound say it could spur the creation of an alternative-energy economy in the state, but fishermen worry that development of the project will come at the expense of their industry.
9 Dec 2010

Wind farm's size doubled

Deepwater Wind has applied to federal authorities to build the largest proposed offshore-wind farm in the United States, a 200-turbine project in Rhode Island Sound. The 1,000-megawatt project, called the Deepwater Wind Energy Center, replaces a 350-megawatt, 100-turbine proposal that was put forward by the Providence-based company two years ago.
8 Dec 2010

Turbine talk in full spin

Now that Jamestown voters have passed a referendum for a wind turbine, the Town Council, which wanted the ballot question rejected, will re-visit their numerous options that have grown in number since February, when the councilors endorsed Taylor Point as the site for a municipal turbine.
11 Nov 2010

The stand-alone cable quandary

"Everyone has gotten so caught up in the ‘green is good' idea that they don't stop to think about the economics and the physics and the evidence. We're financing this with debt, which put the U.S. economy in the tank, and all the empirical evidence is against this producing enough energy to get us off fossil fuels," said Michael Delia, who owns a home near the Southeast Lighthouse.
8 Nov 2010

Change of course for Whalerock wind project

The developers of a proposed wind turbine development off Route 1 have withdrawn their partnership agreement with the town ...Michael Carlino, project manager for Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC, said Friday that the outcome of last week's election has changed the course and economics of the $10.5 million project.
7 Nov 2010

AG-elect Kilmartin pledges to end R.I.'s Supreme Court appeal of Block Island wind-farm approval

He spoke briefly on the phone with Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch and said he plans to have a sit-down with him to discuss many issues, including Kilmartin's plan to end the state's current Supreme Court appeal of the Block Island wind-farm approval. Kilmartin was the only one of five candidates running to become the state's chief law-enforcement officer to disagree with Lynch's position.
4 Nov 2010

Portsmouth turbine stops turning

The problem seems to be a relay switch which has been repeatedly switching off for reasons unknown, said Mr. Crosby who has overseen the town's wind turbine project. ...The situation is complicated by the bankruptcy earlier this year of AAER, the Canadian firm that supplied the wind turbine to Portsmouth and provided the warranty protection.
28 Oct 2010

Deepwater Wind investor delays IPO

It has been trying for two years to go public, delayed by a market cool to initial public offerings in light of the turmoil in equity markets over the last few years. The company is also laden with red ink. Eight-year-old First Wind lost $61 million last year, continuing a string of losses over the years.
28 Oct 2010

Sheep farm withdraws wind turbine application

Applicant Luise Strauss's attorney submitted a letter to Middletown's Zoning Department Wednesday withdrawing the application for a Special Use Permit to construct a wind turbine at 485 Paradise Avenue. Receipt of the letter Wednesday was the first and only indication the town had received that the Strauss application would be withdrawn.
20 Oct 2010

Are winds of change in store for Town's comp plan

Residents pushing for the amendments to be approved have voiced support on the grounds of visual impact, flicker, noise, fear of declining property values, and appropriate use of turbines on residential lands, while some opponents have voiced concern out of support in general for alternative energy and others have echoed the concerns of the Wind Turbine Committee.
19 Oct 2010

SAMP plan to expand state power over coastal waters up for vote

Deepwater has said time is of the essence to take advantage of federal tax credits that expire at the end of 2012. The company has paid $3.2 million to defray the cost of the SAMP. Another $2.8 million has come from the state; $700,000 came from the U.S. Department of Energy and $2 million from the federal stimulus. The plan's creators say the source of money had no impact on the results of the plan.
19 Oct 2010
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