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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...
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...
UMASS DARTMOUTH received $16 million in externally funded grants in fiscal 2019, a 26% increase year over year.

UMass Dartmouth’s externally funded grants increase 26% in FY19

PROVIDENCE – Externally funded grants for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in fiscal year 2019 increased 26% year over year to $16 million, the...
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...
OPPORTUNITY LOST? The decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to extend an environmental review of the Vineyard Wind project puts the potential construction of the Revolution Wind wind energy farm in jeopardy. Here, the demonstration project Block Island Wind Farm. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Delayed review of wind energy project won’t stall rising temps

Two stories within the last two weeks have not contained good news for the Ocean State. Most recently, The Washington Post crunched the numbers and...
THE U.S. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT has extended the environmental review of the Vineyard Wind wind farm project, putting the project's future in jeopardy. Above, the Block Island Wind Farm. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Federal delay casts doubt on Vineyard Wind

NEW YORK – The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review...
COMMERCIAL FISHING BOAT OPERATORS in Massachusetts are arguing that offshore wind energy projects are being planned without due consideration of their impact on marine life and fishing grounds. Massachusetts fishermen currently are trying to reach a compensation agreement with offshore wind company Vineyard Wind. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JOHN LEE

Mass. commercial fishermen decry offshore wind projects’ pace

PROVIDENCE – A coalition of Massachusetts commercial fishermen claims New England is not prepared for a cluster of wind-energy farms planned off the Cape...
THE MASS. DPU has approved the power purchase agreements between the Vineyard Wind project and electric distributors in Massachusetts. Above, the Block Island Wind Farm. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Mass. DPU approves Vineyard Wind PPA

PROVIDENCE – The Mass. Department of Public Utilities approved both power purchase agreements between distribution companies and Vineyard Wind LLC Tuesday, taking the state...
THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM was designed to be the first of many such offshore wind energy projects designed and built in Rhode Island. But it is no longer clear if that will be the case. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Do you care if Rhode Island has a large-scale wind-energy production...

More than a decade ago, former Gov. Donald L. Carcieri proposed making Rhode Island the leader in developing offshore wind energy. The Block Island...
IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY: ProvPort Terminal Manager Chris Waterson identifies a section of the port that will handle wind turbines. The port is undergoing improvements after voters in 2016 approved $20 million in upgrades.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Can the Ocean State stay in the race for offshore wind-energy...

The nation’s first offshore wind farm is spinning off Block Island. But Rhode Island appears to be playing catch-up to neighboring Massachusetts in preparing...

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