State and federal officials discuss Deepwater Wind plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The head of the state's Coastal Resources Management Council said he will make sure fishermen are treated fairly as Deepwater Wind rolls out its proposal for 200 turbines off the Rhode Island, Massachusetts coast. State and federal officials meet Friday to discuss the plan.

Deepwater Wind wants to put 200 turbines 20 miles off the coast to provide electricity for the northeast. Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate said he wishes Deepwater Wind had started with smaller projects.

"But we also understand that when you open up the entire AIM area for bidding, there was the potential for another company to come in and so you may have had two, 100 projects and still end up with the same net effect," said Fugate.

The project is in the early stages, Fugate said, and he will work to make sure fishermen and certain coastal waters are protected.

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