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3:19 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deepwater Wind Awards Another Contract

The Bold Tern installing Alstom's HaliadeT 150 6 megawatt wind turbine offshore demonstrator turbine in Belgium. This is the same type of wind turbine Alstom will supply to Deepwater Wind.
Credit Copyright: Alstom / Nicolas Jobs

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.

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Environment
8:52 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Environmental Leaders Call For Better Water Management

Environmental agency directors and city managers focused on the urgent need to invest in wastewater infrastructure, stormwater management, and flood prevention at a meeting last night.

The nonprofit Save The Bay hosted its annual legislative briefing.  Executive director Jonathan Stone said many groups are working together to ensure the general assembly approves Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 75-million-dollar clean water bond.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deepwater Wind And Alstom Sign Major Agreement For Block Island Wind Farm

Credit RIPR File

Deepwater Wind selected the French company Alstom to supply its wind turbines for the Block Island offshore wind farm project.

According to a company press release, Deepwater Wind made an initial multi-million dollar payment to Alstom back in December, so that the French manufacturer could begin to build the turbines.

Alstom will supply Deepwater Wind with five 6 megawatt turbines, including tower sections for the wind farm. Construction of the turbines marks a major milestone for the project.

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Local Feature
5:45 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland?

Ambar Espinoza RIPR

A property in Johnston is the latest target in the fight to save Rhode Island's farmland from development. It's an issue that pits the rights of property owners against concerns about preserving green space. In this case, the application to change the zoning ordinance on the farmland has come to a temporary halt, as the owner considers his options. He's in talks with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management about how to move forward. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to share more details.

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Environment
5:09 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

First CRMC Subcommittee Hearing On Offshore Wind Project Featured Mostly Deepwater Wind Experts

Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Deepwater Wind presented more than two and a half hours of testimony at the first public hearing for its permit application. The offshore wind developer’s experts detailed how the project takes careful measures to protect the coastal environment and its creatures. Environmental advocates gave supportive testimonies and urged the subcommittee to recommend the project for approval.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

CRMC Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On Deepwater Wind's Permit Application

Credit RIPR File

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold its first public hearing today on Deepwater Wind’s permit application to build an off-shore wind farm in Rhode Island waters.

The hearing is the first of two scheduled for this month.

Deepwater proposes to build a wind farm with five turbines, 3 miles southeast of Block Island, and an underwater transmission cable that would run from Block Island to the Rhode Island mainland.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Efforts To Improve Recycling Rates In Providence Paying Off

The recycling facility at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Residents in the city of Providence are recycling more than they were nearly a year ago.

The city delivered small gray trash barrels in the fall of 2012, so that residents could use their green 95-gallon trash bins as recycling bins instead.

The city sent out mailings, recorded phone messages, and launched an advertising campaign to let people know of the switch. But that wasn’t enough.

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Environment
4:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston

The Edgewood Yacht Club clubhouse before it was destroyed by a fire.
Credit Ericka Smith / flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.

The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Fee Waiver Amendment Would Help River Restoration Projects

Local nonprofits, cities, and towns across Rhode Island working to restore river habitats may benefit from an amendment tucked into a bill aimed at providing temporary relief to homeowners facing sharp rate increases in their flood insurance policies. That bill passed in the Senate on Thursday.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the amendment that would get rid of expensive permit fees for such projects as dam removals, culvert redesigns, and fish ladder installations.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rhode Island High Schools To Compete In Ocean Science Bowl

Last year's Quahog Bowl first place team was Cranston High School West. Steve Krous (far right) coaches the school's ocean science bowl team and chairs the school's science department. His teams have won first place numerous times at the regional Quahog Bowl.
Credit Courtesy of Diana Payne

Four Rhode Island high schools will compete all day Saturday, Feb. 1 with eight other Connecticut high schools at an annual ocean science competition, called the Quahog Bowl.

The Connecticut Sea Grant’s Diana Payne organizes the competition and says Rhode Island schools typically do quite well.

“As a matter of fact, out of the 17 quahog bowls that have been held, Cranston [High School] West has actually won 15 of them,” said Payne. “They have represented the Quahog Bowl at nationals 15 out of 17 times. [That’s] quite a record.”

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