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CRMC unanimously approves Block Island Wind Farm

The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to grant final approval to Deepwater Wind LLC’s Block Island Wind Farm. More

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CRMC unanimously approves Block Island Wind Farm

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PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to grant final approval to Deepwater Wind LLC’s Block Island Wind Farm.

The decision, which represented the second of two state permits needed for the project, followed a recommendation by the CRMC’s Ocean Special Area Management subcommittee last month which called for approval of the offshore wind farm.

Last week, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management issued water quality certificates deeming Deepwater Wind to be in compliance with state wildlife protection regulations and the Clean Water Act. The DEM permit and the CRMC approval constitute completion of the state permit requirements for the project.

Deepwater still needs to obtain federal approval from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before beginning on-site construction.

The CRMC approval puts the Block Island Wind Farm on course to become the first offshore wind farm in the United States. CEO Jeffrey Grybowski has said previously that he expects to begin local construction on the project in early 2015, with a target operational date of 2016.

R.I. Department of Environmental Management, DEM, Clean Water Act, Coastal Resources Management Council, Deepwater Wind, Block Island Wind Farm, CRMC, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jeffrey Grybowski,

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offthegrid

$500 million in additional costs over 20 years plus $100 million for undersea power transmission cables that the tooth fairy is paying.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Report this
PeeblesAWEA

American offshore wind power has the potential to be something great. Rhode Island’s Block Island project, one of the most promising in the country, will mark a major milestone in America’s wind power history.

All along the coastal states, support is growing for this clean, proven resource.

The potential addition of offshore wind to the United States’ already impressive generating portfolio of land-based wind power demonstrates that the American appetite for finding solutions to complex problems such as our energy future will go on.

Wind power has already shown its ability to substitute for more traditional forms of generation, reliably fulfilling demand with an energy resource that will create jobs and opportunities for economic development.

Peebles Squire

American Wind Energy Association

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Report this
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