CRMC May Vote To Approve Deepwater Wind Project

May 13, 2014

The Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss a subcommittee’s recommendation to approve Deepwater Wind’s proposed Block Island Wind Farm Tuesday. This may be another big vote for the project.

The CRMC may approve a wind turbine project in Rhode Island.

The CRMC may vote to approve Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project. Or the council may suggest changes to subcommittee’s recommendation. Deepwater Wind proposes to build and maintain a 5-turbine wind farm off the coast of Block Island and three underwater cables: one cable would connect the turbines to one another; a second cable would connect the northernmost turbine to Block Island, where it would land ashore; and a third transmission cable would connect Block Island to the mainland.

Deepwater Wind has already secured its first set of major permits from the state’s Department of Environmental Management. The CRMC is the state agency in charge of approving Deepwater Wind’s permit application for the proposed wind farm.

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