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CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: An Amgen employee works inside the next-generation biomanufacturing plant built in West Greenwich in 2020. / COURTESY AMGEN RHODE ISLAND/AL WEEMS

Building on the promise of biotech

TECHNOLOGY With help from companies ranging from global corporations to local startups, Rhode Island has had its share of victories in the biotech sector in...
R.I. LARGE SCALE: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, stands in the company’s office in Providence in March 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State is banking on power boost

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT Change usually happens slowly, especially when government gets involved. But in the last five years, the nascent renewable energy sector has exploded in the United...

State energy regulators to begin final review of cable burial plans...

WARWICK – Developers of the Revolution Wind Farm are seeking to avoid the problems with undersea cables resurfacing that plagued Block Island. Unlike on Block...
WIND RESISTANCE: A lawn sign in Ocean City, N.J., opposing offshore wind turbines compares the size of the proposed turbines along the New Jersey coast with other structures such as the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty. / AP PHOTO/WAYNE PARRY

N.J.’s offshore wind plans facing some turbulence

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast,...

National Grid cable reburial on Block Island paused until fall

NEW SHOREHAM – Reburial of National Grid Rhode Island’s exposed 34,500-volt subsea cable at Block Island’s Town Beach has been paused due to unexpected...
DOCKED: Charlie Donadio Jr., founder, CEO and president of Atlantic Wind Transfers, stands on board the Atlantic Pioneer, one of two vessels his company uses to transport technicians and equipment to offshore wind turbines for repairs and maintenance.  / COURTESY ATLANTIC WIND TRANSFERS

Persistence drives offshore wind vessel business

A specially equipped boat navigates turbulent seas, landing its rubber nose smack against the steel foundation of a monstrous offshore wind turbine, delivering technicians...

National Grid and Orsted prep for wind farm cable replacements this...

PROVIDENCE – National Grid and Orsted have begun mobilizing teams that will work this fall and winter to replace limited segments of the Block...
CAUTION SIGNAL: Fred Mattera, executive director of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, warns of the potential for loss of life and loss of vessels because the 1-mile-wide transit lanes allocated for traveling around wind turbines don’t provide enough room to safely maneuver vessels in high winds and storms when visibility is low. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

POWERING UP: Offshore wind sector gains momentum despite pandemic

Stark white walls, blank computer screens and empty desk chairs weren’t what the executives at Denmark-based wind-energy firm Orsted had in mind when they...
POWER PLAYER: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, says Rhode Island businesses could play a big part in offshore wind power in the coming years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Orsted capitalizing on R.I.’s wind-farm experience

The large Danish renewable energy company Orsted swept into Rhode Island less than two years ago, acquiring Deepwater Wind LLC and its Block Island...
LARGEST WIND FARM: Green Development owns the turbines that make up Rhode Island’s largest wind farm, the $100 million, seven-turbine project in Johnston, which generates 21 megawatts. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

While delays have hampered offshore wind, land-based turbines loom large in...

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...

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