Federal regulators have cleared the way for a transmission cable linking Block Island to Rhode Island’s mainland. It's big step forward for Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind farm.
The decision for the “right-of-way grant” marks a major milestone – not just for the Block Island Wind Farm project itself – but also for offshore renewable energy in the United States. The cable, which would cross federal waters, would do two things: connect Block Island to the ocean wind farm 3 miles off the island’s coast, and transmit energy between the mainland and the island.
Local tradesmen and women will build some of the foundation parts of the Block Island ocean wind farm, which is slated for construction next year. This is the first round local jobs Deepwater Wind expects to create from the project.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.
These two states are the only ones that have secured a combination of necessary contracts, leases, and permits to build offshore wind farms. The report points to budding large-scale projects from offshore developers Deepwater Wind and Cape Wind. Construction for these projects, including the Block Island Wind Farm, is set to begin next year.
A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approving a proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.
The subcommittee’s official recommendation will be read at a council meeting within the next 30 days, and then scheduled for a full committee vote. The subcommittee’s recommendation holds a lot of weight, according to Laura Dwyer, information coordinator for the Coastal Resources Management Council.
A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will take another step in the permitting process for a proposed offshore wind farm in state waters, when it decides next week whether to recommend approval for the project.
A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council set the final public hearing to discuss Deepwater Wind’s proposed ocean wind farm for today.
The subcommittee in charge of these hearings has set aside six hours for public comments. They may also ask Deepwater Wind some final questions to help them decide whether to recommend the project to the CRMC for approval.
The full council will consider these hearings, the subcommittee’s recommendation, and staff report before it votes on the project.
Deepwater Wind has selected a Norwegian company to carry and install the turbines for the Block Island offshore wind farm project. This is the second contract Deepwater has awarded recently.
The Norwegian company, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, is supplying what’s called a liftboat to install the wind turbines. The liftboat, called the Bold Tern, has a large open deck and cranes robust enough to manage the weight and size of a wind turbine while at sea.