CRMC Subcommittee To Decide Its Recommendation On Offshore Wind Farm

Mar 27, 2014

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will take another step in the permitting process for a proposed offshore wind farm in state waters, when it decides next week whether to recommend approval for the project. 

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The CRMC subcommittee will decide next week during a workshop whether to recommend approving a five wind turbine off the coast of Block Island. The subcommittee will take into consideration a staff report and testimonies from three public hearings. The recommendation will then go to the full council, which will have the final vote.

The workshop will take place Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus. Interested parties are welcome to attend and listen to the workshop. 

In other news, Deepwater Wind, the company proposing to build the state’s first offshore wind farm, recently put in a bid to sell electricity to the Long Island Power Authority. That power would come from Deepwater Wind’s second proposed project, a wind farm with up to 200 wind turbines to be located in federal waters, 30 miles east of Montauk, New York and nearly 15 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.