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COVID-19 will slow shift to renewable energy

The renewable energy industry, which until recently was projected to enjoy rapid growth, has run into stiff headwinds as a result of three era-defining...
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...
ROUGHLY 8,000 wind turbine blades in the U.S. will be removed in each of the next four years. Blades are typically taken to landfills. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PETER MACDIARMID

Wind turbine blades can’t be recycled, so they’re piling up in...

NEW YORK – A wind turbine’s blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they can’t...
A NEW STUDY has found tat average wind speeds rose about 7% since 2010 in the world's northern sub-tropical and temperate zones. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Wind speeds are increasing worldwide in boost for renewables

LONDON – The world is getting windier at the same time that developers are installing more turbines to generate electricity from breezes. Average wind speeds...

Venture Café to host discussion on wind energy, coastal resiliency Nov....

PROVIDENCE – Venture Café Providence on Nov. 7 will gather technologists, researchers, startups, corporations and urban planners for a discussion about how to use...
PROPOSED CHANGES to federal regulations related to projects such as the Block Island Wind Farm have the potential to dampen development of renewable energy in the nation, according to green energy advocates. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Landmark law that spurred U.S. renewables growth gets overhaul

WASHINGTON – A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the United States is set for a major overhaul...
ACCORDING TO a new study, by 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. than it will be to build new wind and solar farms equipped with storage systems. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARTIN DIVISEK

Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study...

SAN FRANCISCO – Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable...
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...
A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT that includes a deep-water port and an amphitheater has been proposed in East Providence along the Providence River. / COURTESY RI WATERFRONT ENTERPRISES

East Providence plans amphitheater for land next to Bold Point Park

EAST PROVIDENCE – An amphitheater has been proposed for the area next to Bold Point Park. Live Nation Entertainment and RI Waterfront Enterprises LLC,...

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