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Pros and cons (mostly con) aired during Deepwater hearing

Opponents and supporters of the Deepwater Wind's proposed five-turbine wind farm off Block Island had a chance to air their arguments before the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Wednesday during one of two public hearings being sponsored by the state permitting agency. The second public hearing will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at New Shoreham Town Hall.
29 Apr 2013

Wind farm generates little support

Nearly 100 people came out Wednesday night to speak out on Deepwater Wind's $250-million proposal to install five wind turbines in state waters off Block Island and connect them to the mainland through an underwater transmission line.
25 Apr 2013

Mannix asks to suspend Deepwater negotiations

Councilman Matthew Mannix has asked the Town Council to consider suspending negotiations with Deepwater Wind until July 1. Mannix submitted the motion to the Town Clerk's office earlier this week...Mannix cited the complexity of the project and its "unclear" impacts on the town.
29 Mar 2013

Deepwater Wind presents its case to Narragansett

Several Block Island residents attended the meeting to voice their opposition to the project, including Town Councilors Sean McGarry and Chris Warfel. "The cheapest option is for Block Island to develop its own power," Warfel said. "I ask Narragansett not to allow itself to be manipulated like Block Island has."
9 Mar 2013

Deepwater Wind to pay application fees

In voting 4-to-1 against waiving the fee, members of the Ocean Special Area Management Plan Subcommittee said that the application fee was miniscule when compared to what taxpayers and the company has already invested in the 30-megawatt, five-turbine wind farm.
8 Mar 2013

Portsmouth weighs options for busted turbine

The 1.5-megawatt turbine was commissioned in March 2009. The turbine had a 20-year life expectancy, but was shutdown June 18, 2012, after an inspection showed significant wear to the gearbox. An independent investigation blamed the damage on a faulty design. The gearbox, however, was no longer covered by warranty.
27 Feb 2013

What's next for East Bay Energy Consortium

EBEC was started with about $400,000 of seed money from the state Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its wind farm project would have made millions through net metering. Net metering allows private energy companies to sell excess energy to National Grid at retail prices. "Why should we, if we could, make a profit on the backs of every single ratepayer in the whole state of Rhode Island."
22 Feb 2013

Testing the Winds

Some call it an attractive energy source: renewable and sustainable. Others say wind energy is expensive and inconsistent, needing government subsidies to survive. James Hummel of the Hummel Report examines the questionable practices of the Rhode Island East Bay Energy Consortium - or EBEC.
21 Feb 2013

Offshore wind energy executives to advise New Bedford

Several key executives of offshore wind energy development companies have agreed to participate on a new advisory committee being formed by the city of New Bedford. Mayor Jon Mitchell made the announcement about the Offshore Wind Advisory Committee in mid-January, saying the committee will advise him on industry trends relating to the global supply chain for offshore wind.
18 Jan 2013

Comment period on Deepwater Wind project extended to Feb. 4

"According to the DPUC, Rhode Island's ratepayers will be paying more than $400 million dollars in excess energy bills over the next 20 years with Deepwater's proposed plant ...That's more than 20 million dollars a year that Rhode Island ratepayers will be paying over the current market price. This is not in the best interest of Rhode Island, Block Island, or Narragansett, who's slated to be the landfall of the cable from the Deepwater Wind Farm."
17 Jan 2013

Task force readies wind farm recommendations

Prior to a December 18 Town Council meeting devoted to the Deepwater Wind wind farm project, members of the Electric Utility Task Group met with New Shoreham Town Council members to address their questions around projected future costs for maintenance and decommissioning of the farm, perceived island benefits once the system is in place, and environmental considerations.
22 Dec 2012

Deepwater completion pushed to 2015

Several factors have played into this delay, explained Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski, including opposition to the project, particularly legal challenges by those on-island and upstate. And a lengthy permitting process with state and federal agencies - the company's current step - has required extensive research and reams of public documentation.
18 Dec 2012

Efficiency cutting New England power use, costs

Nationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
13 Dec 2012

Whalerock developers sue over permitting

In a lawsuit filed in Washington County Superior Court on Nov. 26, Whalerock Renewable Energy, LLC is seeking a judge's order to void a section of the town's zoning ordinances that allows the Planning Commission to approve or reject special use permit applications for large wind energy systems.
8 Dec 2012

Massachusetts at risk of losing some Cape Wind jobs to Rhode Island

The Patrick administration placed the project's cost at $100 million and project proponents touted its potential to serve the offshore wind industry. In an interview Tuesday, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan acknowledged Massachusetts and Rhode Island are competing for the Cape Wind jobs. Massachusetts was not looking to sweeten its infrastructure effort with loans or grants.
5 Dec 2012

Feds drop Deepwater complaint

Riggs said he is "looking now at taking the next step" in opposing the Block Island Wind Farm. "At least in court, we'll get an answer, but I estimate it could take up to nine months," Riggs said. "Then the loser can always appeal to the 1st Circuit."
18 Oct 2012
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