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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — This is going to take a long time.
The turbine, which is located at Portsmouth High School, was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 because of a faulty gearbox. The company that made the turbine and gearbox has since gone bankrupt.
“Restructuring doesn’t save anybody any money,” said Bell, who had come up with a bottom line of 17.73 cents per kwh post-restructuring, versus the current 18.03 cent per kwh fuel charge. Bell’s analysis was met with shock. Some in the audience believed they had been “lied to” regarding the savings on electric bills that would come with connection to the wind farm and cable.
Voters approved building the turbine with a $3 million bond issue in 2007. The windmill was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 due to a faulty gearbox supplied by a company that has since gone bankrupt. ...Addressing a question by council member David Gleason, Mr. Brusini said WED would not be willing to renegotiate the 15.5-cent rate because it wouldn’t be economically viable for the company, which is already picking up the town’s debt.
Construction of the Block Island Wind Farm is once again raising red flags and upsetting state officials. Last month, the Deepwater Wind project caused alarm after inspectors found equipment damage and a number of hazards that threatened worker safety. This month, attention shifted to the quality of construction — specifically welding procedures and construction practices by the builder, Weeks Marine of Cranford, N.J.
Town voters at an all-day referendum on Thursday approved issuing $18 million in bonds to pay for three large wind turbines that would be installed on private land in rural Coventry.
The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island teamed up Wednesday to begin looking for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity.
Sources confirmed Friday that Cape Wind Associates LLC has ended payments and an existing lease agreement option with Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.
According to an announcement Wednesday from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the feasibility study’s findings “do not support pursuing large-scale wind energy at Newport at this time for a combination of reasons, including technological, historical and community concerns.”
The Town Council's unanimous vote on Nov. 6 to allow the broken high-school turbine to be taken down and replaced, with a $1.4 million payment from developer Mark DePasquale and additional state funds, is a turnaround for the embattled project that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has called a "symbol of embarrassment."
In an unanimous vote, the town entered into a contract (attached to this page) with Wind Energy Development (WED) of North Kingstown that will allow the town to pay off the remaining debt that’s left on the turbine, which voters approved with a $3 million bond issue in 2007. The turbine was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 due to a faulty gearbox that was supplied by a company that has since gone bankrupt.
Facing a Nov. 1 deadline set by the company seeking to replace the wind turbine at the high school, the Portsmouth Town Council on Oct. 20 instructed Town Administrator John C. Klimm to open talks with the school committee to bring them on board. Mr. Klimm said on Monday night that he was planning to meet with members of the school committee on Tuesday afternoon.
The project’s lead federal permitting agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, granted its approval Sept. 5. With the Corps’ permit, the Block Island Wind Farm has now been completely reviewed, and approved, by nine state and federal agencies.
One of Rhode Island's largest energy users has dropped plans for a wind farm and is instead moving toward solar energy. Naval Station Newport says its wind project — 12 sites on the western shore of Aquidneck Island had been scouted — has been “placed in a strategic pause” because of the fiscal climate, regulatory and environmental issues, and community concerns.
The wind turbine at Portsmouth High School that has sat idle since its gearbox broke in May 2012 could be spinning again within three to six months, ending what Governor Chafee said Monday has been one of a few “symbols of embarrassment” in the state that bother him.
Final agreements are still due from the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the Narragansett Tribe, the Wampanoag Aquinnah Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard and from the National Park Service, related to the Block Island Southeast Light, said Elliott.
A couple who previously lived next to the 413-foot wind turbine in the North Kingstown Green subdivision off Ten Rod Road before moving to North Carolina are asking a judge to seize $223,025 worth of assets from the turbine’s owner, as part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.
Allowing things to be broken with the expectation of someday fixing them is horrible policy. Things that are as complicated as the Atlantic Ocean do not fix easily. Let us decide on an ocean policy concerning the expanded utility of our oceans that states clearly, “Above all else, do no harm.”
Clean energy is facing some serious headwinds in town. Tiverton’s only wind turbine is face-down in a hay field, and a proposal to set up a wind farm has stalled. “Not a thing is happening right now,” said Garry Plunkett, the town’s expert on wind power. “It is pretty dead.”
Under Deepwater's plan, which still requires permits from the state Coastal Resources Management Council and other agencies, the cable would run under Scarborough beach to a parking lot and then under state roads to a switchyard that would be built next to Route 1. The entire route of the transmission line would be on land owned by either the DOT or the DEM.