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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...
OPENING THE GATE: Deepwater Wind LLC completed the Block Island Wind Farm, pictured, in 2016. In June, the first utility-scale wind farm, an 84-turbine project called Vineyard Wind proposed off Martha’s Vineyard, received a favorable preliminary analysis from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, paving the way for future wind farms to begin ­spinning. / COURTESY DEEPWATER WIND LLC

State must keep investing to reap offshore wind benefits

For a dozen years the economic and environmental promise of wind energy has alternately tantalized and frustrated Rhode Island leaders. The state’s early bet on...
RESHORING INCENTIVE: Steven J. King, managing director of the Quonset Business Corp., says the coronavirus pandemic may incentivize more manufacturers to “reshore” activities domestically after experiencing the supply-chain breakdowns created by the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic slows interest in Quonset Business Park

On a recent Wednesday ­afternoon, Quonset Business Park hummed with activity: trucks barreling down the winding roads, construction crews chatting on a break, cranes...
THE QUONSET BUSINESS PARK entities employed 11,439 workers on site in 2018. / COURTESY QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORP.

Report: Quonset Business Park supported $128.8M in state and local taxes...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Quonset Business Park supported the generation of $128.8 million in state and local tax revenue in 2018, according to an...

Empty seats on Quonset Express

Have you ever been on a bus with nobody on it? It was a lot like that when the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority...
THE FREE TRIAL period for express bus service from Providence to Quonset Business Park will continue through the end of the calendar year. / COURTESY R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

Free trial period for Quonset bus service extended through 2019

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Public Transit Authority will extend the free trial service from Providence to Quonset Business Park through the end of the calendar...
LARGER SPACE: Edesia, a maker of food products for customers such as UNICEF that ship goods overseas to feed malnourished children, outgrew its original facility in Providence and made the move to the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown in 2016, opening an 83,000-square-foot, high-tech factory. From left, Executive Director Maria Kasparian, founder and CEO Navyn Salem and HMI Controller Jorge Campos work in the factory.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

How much growth is left at Quonset?

Steven J. King rolls up in a company-issued sport utility vehicle to a graveled construction site in a wooded area, at the end of...

Quonset Development Corp. gets $3M to finish plans to expand rail...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Quonset Development Corp. received a $3 million federal grant for the Quonset Freight Rail Enhancements and Expansion project, which will...

Reed announces $825K to facilitate marine highway project at Port of...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Quonset Development Corp. has received $855,200 to purchase new yard equipment that will assist the Port of Davisville with handling...
THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURES Council is seeking nominations for the 42nd Annual Public Service Awards. Above, RIPEC Executive Director, Jonathan C. Simmons. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

RIPEC seeks Public Service Awards nominations

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council is seeking nominations for the 42nd Annual Public Service Awards. The organization is calling for nominations for...

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