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Cape Wind's cool move

So how ironic would it be if Massachusetts consumers end up paying higher electric rates because of the Cape Wind project, but Rhode Island gets the lion's share of the jobs? ...There are already a host of reasons to dislike this project - the location, the financing, the cost to consumers. Now we might get one more.
9 Jul 2010

Price doesn't change in new wind farm contract

National Grid filed a new Power Purchase Agreement signed with Deepwater Wind late Wednesday that is not significantly different from the one the state Public Utilities Commission rejected in March. The opening price for electricity from a proposed eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island would remain 24.4 cents per kilowatt-hour, escalating 3.5 percent each year of the 20-year contract.
1 Jul 2010

Developers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in regulatory race to build nation's first offshore wind farm

In a quirk of timing, two developers in neighboring states are racing to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States ...Cape Wind Associates in Massachusetts and Deepwater Wind in Rhode Island must both persuade public utilities regulators in their respective states to approve long-term contracts that would allow them to sell power to National Grid.
27 Jun 2010

Another shot at a wind farm

The Block Island wind farm has new life. Both houses of the General Assembly passed a law this week that call for the Public Utilities Commission to revisit a modified power agreement between Deepwater Wind and National Grid.
14 Jun 2010

House passes Deepwater wind turbine legislation

Some legislators argued the Deepwater wind farm off Block Island is going to be a longterm financial drain on the state electric ratepayers; others insisted it will be an economic engine that will power Rhode Island into the future. After midnight, following a debate of more than three hours, the House finally voted 56-15 for a bill that is designed to set the wind project back on course by setting the standards for it to be reviewed by the state Public Utilities Commission a second time.
10 Jun 2010

Wind farm: AG Lynch wants to ‘kick the tires'

State Attorney General Patrick Lynch this week sent a letter to Governor Donald Carcieri suggesting that he go "all in" on his wind farm plans for Rhode Island. The letter says Carcieri should pursue both phases of the proposed Deepwater Wind project simultaneously ...However, in an interview with the Block Island Times, the state's leading law enforcement officer made clear that his letter was intended more as a "call out" to the governor to be more honest with the state ratepayers.
24 May 2010

Rhode Island right divides over wind farm

Groups that in the past have embraced Governor Don Carcieri for his staunch conservatism are now turning against him over one of his signature issues-the proposed wind farm off Block Island. Their opposition came one week after a personal appeal from Carcieri in a private meeting with him and his staff.
20 May 2010

Baldacci pushes offshore wind

Gov. John Baldacci reminded the crowd of several dozen stakeholders that Maine was one of the most oil-dependent states, using fossil fuels for 80 percent to 86 percent of its overall energy needs. The new laws, he said, would help drive in-state renewable energy production, keeping money here as well as helping restore the economy.
12 May 2010

PUC member defends wind vote

But in her letter to committee chairman Arthur Handy, D-Cranston, Bray says that the commission did look at the economic impact of the project. She cites the PUC's finding that the $390 million in above-market costs for power from the wind farm would directly lead to only 50 temporary jobs and 6 permanent ones. And among several other points, she also refers to sizeable annual increases in the energy costs of the largest businesses in Rhode Island.
12 May 2010
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