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Offshore wind project off Martha’s Vineyard nears approval

NEW BEDFORD (AP) – The first commercial-scale offshore wind power development in United States history is edging closer to approval, federal officials said Monday. The...

Five Questions With: Nicholas Ucci

Nicholas Ucci | Commissioner, R.I. Office of Energy Resources 1. How has the pandemic impacted or potentially hindered the state’s ability to reach outgoing Gov....

Map aims to reduce fishing, offshore wind conflicts

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A University of Rhode Island professor has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to create a...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...

Strength of ‘blue economy’ won’t fade

When Rhode Island’s economy bounces back – and it will – its strengths before the COVID-19 pandemic will again lead the way. High on...
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...
PERMITTING DELAYS: The Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind Farm and Vineyard Wind offshore wind projects in waters off the coast of southern New England are all currently in various stages of the permitting process. / SOURCE: R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING

Waiting on more offshore wind

Three major offshore wind projects are in various stages of complicated permitting processes in southern New England waters. Revolution Wind is a joint effort between...

Bristol Community College receives $861K to launch offshore wind training program

FALL RIVER – Bristol Community College announced Wednesday that it received $861,097 from the Baker-Polito administration to launch the college’s National Offshore Wind Institute...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP said he is not willing to risk U.S. wealth derived from energy sales on wind energy. Above, the Block Island wind farm. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Trump says he’s unwilling to risk U.S. energy wealth for windmill...

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he was not willing to sacrifice the abundant energy wealth of the United States on “dreams” such as...

Can fishing, offshore wind coexist?

How much do offshore wind-energy operations disrupt commercial fishing and how much is that worth? That’s the central question in not only the current talks...

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