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Council members soon reversed course, in January imposing a six-month moratorium on turbine construction, which it later extended. In April, the town revoked the building permit for North Kingstown Green, then in June the Planning Commission denied the Stamp Farm turbine application.
The contract was set to expire on June 30, a year after it was approved by the PUC under legislation by the General Assembly. But Toray Plastics had appealed the PUC's approval in Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the court did not reach its verdict, which upheld the PUC's decision, until July 1. Now, Toray Plastics has objected to the request for a contract extension.
Eventually the system was simplified, in a manner approved by National Grid and the state, to have the town paid a monthly check for the power produced. The complaint argued that the arrangement actually made the town turbine a wholesale producer.
"We've been anticipating using the largest possible turbine for this project," Block Island Project Manager Bryan Wilson said. "The idea is to use the best state-of-the-art turbine we can, but also one that will be reliable, which is why we chose Siemens Energy."
Toray Plastics has filed its official objection to a request by National Grid and Deepwater Wind to waive a sunset clause in the Power Purchase Agreement approved by the Public Utilities Commission last summer, and argues that Deepwater has had its right to transact business in Rhode Island revoked by the Secretary of State's office as of June 27.
But McElroy said that because the waiver provision is part of the expired contract, it was also terminated as of June 30. National Grid and Deepwater cannot go back after the fact and use the provision to extend the contract, he argued. "By their own admission, as things stand right now, there is no PPA in effect," McElroy wrote in an e-mail to Cynthia G. Wilson-Frias, senior legal counsel to the PUC.
The Narragansett Bay Commission is in the process of constructing the turbines, which will actually start going up in December. In the meantime, they've created a video simulation to show how the new turbines will look.
Deepwater Wind will use the survey to assess whether the planned locations of the wind farm and the cables will need to be re-routed if obstacles, such as undersea boulders, shipwrecks, evidence of Native American settlements or sensitive marine habitats, are discovered. ..."Based on oral history we know that there were settlements out where the ocean is now," said Doug Harris, Tribal Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Nation.
Energy rates are a major concern on Block Island now, but across the state, there is concern about the effect on future mainland rates if all ratepayers are asked to fund a cable to the mainland for a Block Island demonstration wind project. Moderator Welch wondered whether it was "good for business" to increase those rates for companies like Hasbro, which she said has estimated it would cost them $7 million over 7 years.
The state Department of Environmental Management has started the installation of a 156-foot tall wind turbine at Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground.
Whalerock plans to erect two, 262-foot wind turbine on 81 acres between King's Factory Road and East Quail Run. ...The turbine project has been the subject of several legal actions over the past year, creating a complicated web of claims from multiple parties. While an ultimate legal decision may take some time and includes options such as trials and appeals, Gorham is happy the process is underway.
Winchester startup Neptune Wind LLC has made its plans for an offshore wind farm more clear, after announcing Thursday its intention to develop, construct and operate a 500 megawatt offshore wind farm about 20 miles south of the Massachusetts border with Rhode Island. The project is called Nomans Wind.
Leases could be awarded as early as 2012, said Salazar, although any construction is still at least three years away. He called the news "another major milestone in the development of offshore wind power in America." No such installation has been built yet.
The latest shadow to fall across Jamestown's wind turbine initiative has the shape of a price tag, and the number it's displaying is huge: up to $2 million in upgrades to accommodate the power from the 1.65-megawatt windmill proposed for Taylor Point. The long awaited estimate from National Grid was disclosed during the Town Council's Aug. 1 meeting.
Much of the financing, however, won't be tied up until Deepwater receives its permits from the CRMC and the Army Corps. The company will also need secondary approvals from a host of other agencies, including the state Department of Environmental Management and the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.
This approval means that enforceable policies in the Ocean SAMP for protecting existing activities such as fishing, important habitats and archaeological resources, and identifying areas suitable for energy projects, may be applied to federal actions in federal waters.
Reviewing the proposed new ordinance Monday night, council members decided the measure was so restrictive that any new wind turbines would be impractical. So council members directed the town's planning staff ...amend the regulations to prohibit wind turbines.
Although the decision removes a major obstacle in the path of the wind farm - which had been delayed during the court case - it does not guarantee that the project will reach fruition. Deepwater will use the contract to help secure financing for the $205-million wind farm.
The R.I. Supreme Court unanimously turned away the effort by two manufacturers to invalidate the power purchase agreement between National Grid and alternative energy developer Deepwater Wind that had been approved by the R.I. Public Utilities Commission, in a decision released late Friday.
The Town Council Monday night extended its moratorium on new wind turbine applications for another 90 days while it considers a new ordinance governing wind energy. The original moratorium, passed Jan. 10, was due to expire July 10.