RI governor to sign wind farm legislation

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he'll sign a bill that speeds regulatory oversight of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

Carcieri says he'll sign the bill Tuesday. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly last week. The state Public Utilities Commission in March rejected a 20-year contract for Deepwater Wind to build an eight-turbine wind farm because it would cost ratepayers too much money.

The bill still requires the plan to be reviewed by the PUC, but on an expedited basis so the developer can still qualify for financing and federal tax credits.

Critics including Attorney General Patrick Lynch have complained the legislation guts the power of the PUC and unfairly favors Deepwater Wind.