A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approving a proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.
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.
“They’ve logged many hours, they’ve read and heard lots of testimony, read the files, staff reports – a lot of information in this case," said Dwyer. "So the subcommittee members are the best informed on the issue.”
The CRMC is the state agency in charge of approving Deepwater Wind’s permit application for the proposed wind farm. The proposed project off the coast of Block Island would be the state’s and maybe even the nation’s first offshore wind farm.