Title

The Cable is the Key: Block Islanders Debate Industrial Wind.

Authors

Dave McGlinchey

Source

Island Journal

Date

2013

Pages

19-22.

Abstract

The Block Island Power Company relies on one million gallons of diesel per year, imported from the mainland, to provide power to the island. Deepwater Wind, an offshore wind developer, has proposed building a five-turbine wind farm and running a bi-directional cable from the island to the mainland, which could cut power costs by a third for islanders. The proposal sparked heated debate, with island opponents citing aesthetic concerns and the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission claiming the proposed agreement with Deepwater would cost too much. The ensuing political wrangling blocked the project for several years. The project is now on track to begin construction in 2014.

Subjects

Deepwater Wind, Providence, RI, Electric utilities

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