A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has denied Deepwater Wind’s request to waive a $700,000 fee. Deepwater Wind wanted the application fee waived for its offshore wind farm off Block Island.
After more than two hours of testimony and deliberation, the Ocean Special Area Management Plan subcommittee voted 4 – 1 to deny the fee waiver.
Deepwater Wind plans to stick five turbines a few miles southeast of Block Island. Deepwater has argued that the application fee should be waived since it has contributed more than $3 million to an ocean study. CRMC member Paul Lemont says the $700,000 fee doesn’t impose a hardship.
“They’re not saying, ‘we’re not going to set up these wind stations.’ All they were asking for was, ‘give me a break it seems overly excessive,’ says Lemont. “It may be, it may be excessive but those are the rules and regulations and we’re going to adhere to them.”
Lemont says he expects the full council to stand by the waiver denial. That vote is not yet scheduled.
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