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Neptune Wind will pitch wind farm off Rhode Island coast

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PROVIDENCE – Two firms now want to develop wind farms off the coast of Rhode Island.

On Thursday afternoon, Neptune Wind proposed a 500-megawatt wind farm about 20 nautical miles south of the border between Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The announcement, made on the company’s blog, comes a day after the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior formally announced a process to solicit interest from developers pitching energy projects in an area roughly between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island.

That same day, Providence-based Deepwater Wind announced its own plans to propose a roughly $5 billion, 1,000-megawatt wind farm with between 150 and 200 turbines. The company would use Quonset Business Park as a hub of operations.

Neptune Wind said it would base its operations at a new facility planned for the Port of New Bedford. The company added that it planned to “work closely” with commercial fishermen and other parties concerned about the impacts of a wind farm.

The Interior Department set an Oct. 3 deadline to solicit development proposals and comments about building in the area of water the department identified as generally favorable for wind farms. If both Neptune and Deepwater Wind are deemed qualified and desire the same area, the federal government would move to a formal bidding process.

On Thursday afternoon, Deepwater Wind Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Grybowski said he was confident Deepwater would win any competition.

“We are very confident that we will win a competition regardless of who else bids,” he said. “We’ve invested a great deal of money in Rhode Island and in this project and have built up a very strong team.”

Neptune Wind, Deepwater Wind, wind farm, Department of the Interior

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ronhuber

Heads up, Rhode Island fishermen: Maine lobstermen and conservationists are wringing concessions from the ocean windpower industry that Rhode Islanders would do well to emulate.

Pivotal thing is no emplacement of windfarms athwart coastwise currents that seasonally transport great volumes ot fish & shellfish larvae from hatchment to settling locations many miles away.

Why? As the UMaine acknowledges, as the Norwegian meteorology agency affirms and as has been substantiated by windpower researchers around the world's coastal oceans, the consistent 24/7 diversion of kinetic wind energy into electricity before it strikes the ocean surface diverts that energy away from entering the oceanic water column within the footprint of the windfarm.

That energy differential with the prevailing winds outside the windfarm stimulates an upwelling process that pulls seafloor water toward the surface - about a meter a day.. While this can help foster the growth of helpful plankton by bringing snutrients upto surface, that upwelling plume of water also has a different temperature and density from the surface water, also

On Thursday 8/18/11 US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a press conference at the University of Maine in Orono that his agency won't lease "fishery sensitive" Gulf of Maine locations to ocean windfarmers.

On the 18th US Interior Secretary Salazar declared in response to a question from a TV reporter about displaced fishing effort when his agency grants renewable energy leases to big power companies capable of carrying out such a herculean effortocean windfarms take 100 square mile bites that areas of fishing sensitivity would be barred from use.

encounters were interesting: See WCHS TV news coverage:

"Supporters, critics of offshore wind on hand for Ken Salazar's visit"

http://tinyurl.com/protest-mewind081811

More info: http://penbay.org/wind/mainewind.html

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