Legislative report urges caution on offshore wind port investments

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A REPORT by Martin Associates predicts the economic impact of growing the state's ports in different ways. For a larger version of the chart click HERE. /
(Updated, April 29 at 9:30 a.m.) PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island should tread lightly when it comes to investing in land-based operations for the offshore wind industry, a report commissioned by the General Assembly said. Released on Thursday, the report studies potential growth areas for the Ocean State’s ports, including the Port of Davisville at Quonset…

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  1. The state economic officials who have touted Quonset as the future hub of an offshore wind farm industry are telling you out right lies ! Quonset Point was to be the ocean wind turbine port for all the ocean wind turbines in New England . The RI EDC lost big time on this one -do a little research !

    Rhode Island received a 22.3 federal Tiger grant to start building the ocean wind turbine port in Quonset Point .I’ll leave the url on the bottom . Quonset Point is the perfect place to build the ocean wind port as it is a old World War ll navy-air base with large piers . Last year just before the election the Quonset Point location was moved to New Bedford . Now New Bedford has taken 1.2 million in federal PCB dredging funds to hire a Tacoma,Washington engineering firm to build the New Bedford Commerec Terminal at a cost of 35 million and an additional land purchase of eight acres of land at taxpayers expense . How foolish is this and why isn’t the news catching on to what’s going on . Quonset Point is already built and now Massachusetts is building new piers that already exists in Quonset Point . I believe this was a move by the federal government to help Gov Patrick of Massachusetts to achieve his renewable energy goal and it’s being done on the backs of the Massachusetts taxpayers !

    Here is the original url from Mineral Management Services :

    http://www.doi.gov/news/doinews/upload/Cape-Wind-EA.pdf

    Quonset Staging Area Cape Wind Page 9

    Background: The FEIS describes the industrial port facility located in Quonset, Rhode Island as the onshore staging area for major construction activity associated with the Proposed Action. This site was formally known as the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point. Following the downsizing of the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point, the site became an industrial and
    commercial park.

  2. Rhode Island shoul be asking why is New Bedford building the wind turbine ocean wind port ?

    What happened to the 22.5 million dollar Tiger Grant for the ocean wind turbine port to be built in Quonset Point ! At the last minute last Oct 20,2010 it was announced by all the Massachusetts politicians that New Bedford Harbor was selected as the ocean wind port instead of Quonset Point !

    What happened to the 22.5 million dollar Tiger Grant funds from the federal government to build Quonset Point as the ocean port ? Did it go to New Bedford ?

    How about 22.5 million federal Tiger Grant for Quonset Point, RI as the ocean wind turbine port . I think attention should be given to what happened to the 22.5 million if at the last moment New Bedford,Massachusett was selected over Quonset Point ,Rhode Island. What happened to the 22.5 million since Quonset Point ,Rhode Island was passed over after the grant was awarded ?

    http://www.doi.gov/news/doinews/upload/Cape-W

    Quonset Staging Area Cape Wind Page 9

    Background: The FEIS describes the industrial port facility located in Quonset, Rhode Island as the onshore staging area for major construction activity associated with the Proposed Action.This site was formally known as the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point. Following the downsizing of the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point, the site became an industrial and
    commercial park.

    http://www.thegovmonitor.com/world_news/unite

    For Wind Energy At Quonset Point

    Source: Governor of Rhode Island
    Posted on: 23rd February 2010

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), a subsidiary of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was awarded a $22.3 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the US Department of Transportation.

  3. New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal started recently with an infusion of 1.2 million dollars. Hearings of course will be held after adequate notice. Announcements will be specifically dedicated to the Public Hearing process.

    http://www.offshorewind.biz/2011/02/18/infras

    “New Bedford is Cape Wind’s designated hub for offshore wind staging and assembly. Kristin Decas, executive director of the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, says the port was selected for its lack of obstructions and proximity to Cape Wind, which is sited in Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts.

    In an unusual turn of events, dredging for an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup in its coastal waters helped streamline approval for construction of the terminal facility, Decas says. Decas expects EPA approval for construction by mid-April, with work beginning in June and ending in December. Apex Engineering, Tacoma, Wash., is engineer for the project.”