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CLEAN ENERGY BUT NOT CLEAN PROCESS: While offshore-wind energy production is coming on a large scale to the region – pictured here is one of the five Block Island Wind Farm turbines – the contracts involving the electricity are anything but clear. 
 / COURTESY RICH PAYNE

Wind-energy savings obscured by speculation, despite promises

Revolution Wind, developed jointly by Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, is expected to supply enough wind-generated electricity to fill nearly one-quarter of the...
A REPORT included with National Grid's filing with R.I. DPUC estimates that the Revolution Wind farm, in tandem with the Connecticut Revolution Wind project and the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, will have a net direct and indirect cost benefit of $91.6 million over more than 20 years. The Block Island Wind Farm is seen in the photograph. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Revolution Wind R.I. benefit projected to include Mass., Conn. projects too

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island says that its proposed contract with Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource will have a net direct and...
AN AERIAL VIEW shows more than 9,000 solar panels clustered to form the A Street solar energy farm, located at a former landfill in Johnston. The facility will be used to generate power for Johnston and Providence. / COURTESY SOUTHERN SKY RENEWABLE ENERGY RI

Have the tariffs on imported solar panels been worth it?

When the Trump administration put tariffs on imported solar panels (mainly from China), the solar power industry expected that it would suffer as a...
A FORMER SAND AND GRAVEL MINING SITE IN NORTH KINGSTOWN will be transformed into 240 acres of solar arrays that will provide 40 megawatts of energy to Rhode Island’s electrical grid. Brown University will use the energy to offset 70 percent of its annual fossil fuel consumption on campus. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY/STEPHEN CROCKER /

Brown to offset fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy investments

PROVIDENCE – In the first of two planned renewable energy projects, Brown University will develop a solar facility on a former 240-acre sand and...

Innovation comes to Newport

A century-old school in Newport is being repurposed into Innovate Newport, an incubator for companies looking to join the region’s tech economy.While the idea...
AN AERIAL VIEW shows more than 9,000 solar panels clustered to form the A Street solar energy farm, located at a former landfill in Johnston. The facility will be used to generate power for Johnston and Providence. / COURTESY SOUTHERN SKY RENEWABLE ENERGY RI

Which do you think is better for Rhode Island’s environment: Building...

Even as more utility-scale solar energy facilities are being built in Rhode Island, there is a backlash against where they are being sited. Many...
THE R.I. COMMERCE Corporation has granted conditional approval on a $300,000 loan to startup company rTerra PV Solutions LLC under the state's Renewable Energy Fund. rTerra assembles photovoltaic solar arrays designed to be less expensive and easier to install than traditional solar farms. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KEN JAMES

National Grid to sort through state’s renewable-energy proposals

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island will begin reviewing 11 wind and solar energy proposals to help Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration reach its...
AQUANIS RECEIVED a $3.5 million federal grant to further its research of using electrical plasma actuators to reduce the aerodynamic stress on wind turbine blades. Above, Aquanis founder and CEO Neal Fine. / COURTESY AQUANIS

Aquanis receives $3.5M federal grant to further wind turbine research

PROVIDENCE – Aquanis Inc. of East Greenwich will receive a $3.5 million federal grant to further its research of “active aerodynamic load control for...
GREEN DEVELOPMENT has applied for height variances for three turbines in the Providence port area. The turbines would be 364 feet tall. / COURTESY GOOGLE INC.

Providence zoning board to consider 3 new 364-ft. turbines at waterfront

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Zoning Board of Review will consider two proposals for the construction of three wind turbines on the Providence waterfront at...
WHILE IT IS THE ONLY CURRENTLY operating wind energy facility in the United States, the Block Island Wind Farm is just the first of many, according to the latest U.S. Department of Energy report. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Federal reports: Wind energy market gains momentum

PROVIDENCE – When it comes to clean energy, the answer is increasingly blowing in the wind – and Rhode Island is playing its part...
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