Commission to release wind decision, challenge likely to follow

Providence, R.I. – The state Public Utilities Commission is expected today to issue its written decision for Deepwater Wind's controversial power-purchase agreement.

Once the Commission's written decision is released, opponents will have seven days to seek a review by the state Supreme Court. Attorney General Patrick Lynch, whose office represents consumers, has already said he'll seek that review.

Tricia Jedele of the Conservation Law Foundation says they'll make a similar request because Gov. Carcieri and the General Assembly set Deepwater's approval in motion with a related law.

"Because the law established by the legislature and signed by the governor so narrowly prescribed the criteria for review, the PUC actually had no other choice but to approve the contract," she says.

Carcieri insists Deepwater's power-purchase agreement will create jobs and provide a reliable energy source. Critics of the deal continue to worry about the regulatory process and rising electricity costs.