RI Supreme Court paves way for legal challenge to Deepwater Wind

A decision released Friday by the Rhode Island Supreme Court means two corporations can challenge a key part of a wind farm planned off of Block Island.

The state Public Utilities Commission last year approved a pact for National Grid to buy electricity from Deepwater Wind's wind farm. Toray Plastics and Polytop Corporation say that agreement would cost them what they call millions of dollars in above-market electricity.

The state Supreme Court has now ruled that Toray and Polytop have legal standing to challenge the power-purchase agreement. A majority of the court rejected standing in the case for an environmental group, the Conservation Law Foundation.

Critics contend that Deepwater Wind received favorable treatment from former Governor Don Carcieri and the General Assembly. Carcieri has called Deepwater's project a key to launching a local renewable energy industry.

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