RI regulators hear arguments on National Grid, Deepwater Wind deal

Providence, R.I. – The Public Utilities Commission will hear arguments this Thursday on a motion to postpone review of a proposed power purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind -- the company that wants to build an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island.

An environmental advocacy group, The Conservation Law Foundation, and Attorney General Patrick Lynch, say a law allowing the purchase agreement is illegal because it's based on special interest legislation for a single entity and should therefore be dismissed. W

hile those motions are considered, the advocacy group asked for a stay in the proceedings. The Providence Journal recently reported that depending on the outcome of this week's hearing, the PUC is is set to hear arguments on the motions for dismissal next week