R.I. optimistic for offshore wind, despite new federal permitting delays

ORSTED U.S. OFFSHORE WIND, which owns and operates the Block Island Wind Farm pictured above, has said new delays in the Vineyard Wind project will not affect its own plans to build a 50-turbine wind farm off the coast of Block Island. / COURTESY ORSTED U.S. OFFSHORE WIND
ORSTED U.S. OFFSHORE WIND, which owns and operates the Block Island Wind Farm pictured above, has said new delays in the Vineyard Wind project will not affect its own plans to build a 50-turbine wind farm off the coast of Block Island. / COURTESY ORSTED U.S. OFFSHORE WIND
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island leaders insist the state’s ambitious renewable-energy goals and related projects won’t be affected by recently announced delays in what was slated to be the country’s first major offshore wind farm. Vineyard Wind LLC on Dec. 1 announced it would be pulling previously submitted construction and operating plans from federal review after…

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