renewable energy http://ripr.org en Renewable Energy Program Produces Positive Economic, Environmental Impacts http://ripr.org/post/renewable-energy-program-produces-positive-economic-environmental-impacts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state's renewable energy fund and the program designed to stimulate the development of renewable energy projects in Rhode Island are producing positive outcomes: more jobs and less pollution. That's according to a recent <a href="http://www.energy.ri.gov/documents/DG/RI%20Brattle%20DG-REF%20Study.pdf">report</a> by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:22:15 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33579 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM http://ripr.org/post/deepwater-wind-secures-first-major-permit-approvals-ridem <p>The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has granted Deepwater Wind its first set of major permit approvals for the Block Island Wind Farm. This marks a significant milestone for the project.</p><p>The DEM has deemed the wind farm and underwater transmission cable in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. So it issued the company Water Quality Certificates. The DEM also issued a Freshwater Wetland permit for certain onshore construction activities.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:12:54 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33273 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM Environmental Groups To Lobby Lawmakers On Key Bills http://ripr.org/post/environmental-groups-lobby-lawmakers-key-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environment Council of Rhode Island will host its annual Earth Day at the Statehouse Wednesday.&nbsp; The event is also called Earth Lobby Day.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The coalition of more than 60 environmental groups wants to bring attention to key environmental bills under consideration, as state lawmakers begin the last leg of the 2014 legislative session.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32834 at http://ripr.org Environmental Groups To Lobby Lawmakers On Key Bills CRMC Subcommittee Recommends Approving Proposed Offshore Wind Farm http://ripr.org/post/crmc-subcommittee-recommends-approving-proposed-offshore-wind-farm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approving a proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 31502 at http://ripr.org CRMC Subcommittee Recommends Approving Proposed Offshore Wind Farm RISD, Brown Team Up To Build A Solar House http://ripr.org/post/risd-brown-team-build-solar-house <p>Leave it to a team of the brightest students in Rhode Island to design a solar-powered house made almost entirely out of high-quality fabrics.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences </span>Erfurt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Germany are competing as one team, called Team Inside Out, in the <a href="http://www.solardecathlon2014.fr/en/">2014 Solar Decathlon Europe</a>, taking place in Versailles, France in July.</span></p><p></p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:53:34 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29863 at http://ripr.org RISD, Brown Team Up To Build A Solar House Quonset Business Park To Welcome Another Solar Company http://ripr.org/post/quonset-business-park-welcome-another-solar-company <p>The Quonset Development Corporation has given a Colorado-based renewable energy company, Bella Energy, the green light to build a solar farm.</p><p>The solar farm will sit on an acre and a half, out of the five acres Bella Energy will lease.</p><p>Ted Kresse, spokesperson for the Quonset Development Corporation, said the land Bella Energy will lease is not fit for industrial development, but works for solar projects.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:20:17 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29363 at http://ripr.org Quonset Business Park To Welcome Another Solar Company CRMC Staff Report Has "No Objections" to Block Island Offshore Wind Farms http://ripr.org/post/crmc-staff-report-has-no-objections-block-island-offshore-wind-farms <p>The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council says it does not object with the wind farm projects off Block Island proposed by developer Deepwater Wind.</p><p></p><p>Four CRMC staff members shared this position, along with 17 recommended stipulations, in a <a href="http://www.crmc.ri.gov/samp_ocean/DWW_CRMC_Staff_Report_2014_0124.pdf">53-page staff report</a> earlier this week in advance of a public hearing on the project’s permit application next week.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:16:33 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28400 at http://ripr.org CRMC Staff Report Has "No Objections" to Block Island Offshore Wind Farms Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England? http://ripr.org/post/should-ri-pay-power-lines-running-through-northern-new-england <p>Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:22:00 +0000 John Dillon 24817 at http://ripr.org Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England?