Articles from Rhode Island
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.
According to Andrew Teitz, South Kingstown town solicitor and an attorney for Wind Energy Development, South Kingstown has nothing to worry about. Under current regulation, both private and commercial developers seeking rights to construct a turbine of any height must gain approval with the town's zoning board.
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.
When the Town Council was asked by former member Deborah Carney how long the ban was expected to be in place, Councilman Dan Slattery posited that the residential turbine ordinance should be ready in three months and an ordinance concerning commercial turbines should take no more than a year to write.
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.
Construction may once again commence at the site of North Kingstown's would-be first wind turbine. The town has reinstated the building permit for North Kingstown Green, a subdivision where the turbine is set to be built, for a second time.
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.
"Our first thought was that no sane spray pilot would get near one, so we immediately called Farmer's Spraying Service from the meeting and the owner told us not only would he not treat a field with one of the towers, but he also would not care to do the application, if the tower was in an adjacent field.
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.
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 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.
The company explains that vertical axis turbines have some benefits over traditional turbines, as they can be placed lower to the ground and do not harm birds or bats. The three members of the task group present, Bill Penn, Everett Shorey and Barbara McMullen, had lots of questions.
On Tuesday, North Kingstown sent DePasquale a letter revoking the permit once more, this time requiring that Wind Energy Development provide the town with the make and model of the turbine, a revised site plan, and information regarding anticipated decibel levels.