RIPR News
1:52 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Today marks deadline for appeals to wind deal

Providence, R.I. – Today marks the deadline for filing court appeals against the power-purchase agreement approved earlier this month by the state Public Utilities Commission.

Under the 20-year agreement approved by the PUC, National Grid will buy electricity from Deepwater Wind's demonstration wind farm off of Block Island.

Critics say the decision was flawed, in part, because it was made to benefit a particular company.

The Conservation Law Foundation says it filed its state Supreme Court appeal Friday. A lawyer representing two large manufacturers, Toray Plastics and Polytop Corporation, has also filed an appeal. The manufacturers say the power-purchase agreement will significantly raise their electricity costs.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch has also vowed to appeal the decision.

Supporters say the power-purchase agreement will set the stage for a renewable energy sector in Rhode Island.