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Richard Pastore, chairman of the commission, said it was one of the largest turnouts he had ever seen. The turbine is one of two proposed for North Kingstown by Wind Energy Development, founded by Mark DePasquale. Most of the people in the auditorium appeared to be opposed to the Stamp Farm turbine.
The drive for renewable energy in Rhode Island is colliding with neighborhood values in North Kingstown, where a battle is raging over a 427-foot wind turbine proposed for farmland along Route 2. Opponents of the turbine object to the size, location and possible safety hazards of the structure. "These are power plants."
In his last official act as state attorney general, Democrat Patrick C. Lynch sent out a letter to a group of local nonprofit organizations, urging them to join with him in challenging the constitutionality of the Deepwater Wind Block Island wind-farm project, calling it "an inside deal" pushed by outgoing Governor Carcieri and embraced by the General Assembly.
For the final installment of "The Tale of Two Turbines," NK Patch will address the residents' concerns, the town's ordinance and how others across the state are tackling the issue.
After researching wind turbines and their impacts on the Internet, Zucchi, Wilson and about 20 others began canvassing the neighborhood to spread the word and get feedback. "Virtually everyone I talked to didn't know about it or heard through word of mouth," said Wilson. "The thing that's truly upsetting is that this process has been going on for six months and really no one in the neighborhood knew."
While some residents welcome an approved 427-footer turbine, others oppose plans for more wind energy. ...It's been the talk around town for the past month and, on Jan. 4, it'll get its well-deserved attention as the North Kingstown Planning Commission holds its first meeting of the new year on the subject: wind turbines.
It was the wind turbine proposal that really stirred up the town, similar to the controversy that arose last year in other Rhode Island towns when the green energy alternative was introduced. It seems a lot of people like the idea of green energy, but just not next door.
Perhaps more so than the debate over the sheer size of a proposed 427-foot wind turbine in Stamp Farm on South County Trail, and maybe even more so than the safety concerns of its placement in a residential neighborhood and/or the effects such a structure will have on local property values, it seems as if many of the local residents who have recently spoken out against this project have all had one central complaint.
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.
Portsmouth's turbine broke again last week and this time it could be shut down for awhile. ...The mechanism is located in the turbine's nacelle, and while he said he is not clear on its purpose, "I am told that it is important, that it is broken and that we need to get a new one."
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.
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.
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.
Last week Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the "Smart from the Start" initiative to expedite the siting, leasing and construction of new offshore wind energy projects on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. New leases could be granted as soon as next year.
"CLF supports renewable energy in general, and especially supports offshore wind for Block Island," said CLF attorney Jerry Elmer. "But renewable energy is so important for our state that it must be done right - with fair rules, known in advance, that apply to all renewable energy developers equally.
Attorney General Patrick Lynch said Monday that he has filed a brief in state Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of a law that ultimately gave Deepwater Wind an exclusive contract to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
The councilors discussed a group of options at their Nov. 15 meeting. The option that gained the most traction requires an upfront expenditure of $35,000 to pin down the actual costs of integrating a 1.65-megawatt turbine with the local grid.
More than 160 people from around the country registered for the two-day conference organized by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. They included elected officials, state bureaucrats and executives from offshore-wind developers and manufacturers.
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.
"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.