Deepwater Wind looks to expand wind farm off R.I. coast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Deepwater Wind's proposal for an expanded wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is getting praise from one environmental group.

Deepwater Wind has changed course on its plans to build a wind farm in federal waters between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company's latest proposal calls for building 200 turbines, that's twice as many as originally planned.

Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay, said he supports the larger project because of the economies of scale it promises.

"It is larger than earlier versions but of course the scale probably will affect the cost of the energy delivered and our guess is it would drive down that cost which would be in the interest of consumers," said Stone.

Deepwater Wind estimates the cost of wind generated by the farm at 16 cents per kilowatt hour. That's eight cents cheaper than power generated by a smaller demonstration project off Block Island.

Governor Carcieri, who sees wind power as part of his legacy, says the expansion affirms the state's decision to select Deepwater as the developer. "I think a project of this size - we're talking $4 billion to $5 billion investment - being centralized in Rhode Island is really a positive thing for this state economically," he said.

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