Deepwater Wind has entered into a 20 year contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry out of North Kingstown. The ferry service will provide a vessel to help conduct maintenance on the Block Island wind farm which will be built by Deepwater Wind. The boat will be built by Blount Boats from Warren.
Jeff Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind said the contract will create some eighty jobs in Rhode Island.
A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect. The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.
Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.
“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”
Deepwater Wind has secured more than 290 million dollars to build and operate a wind farm off the coast of Block Island. The company plans to begin installing turbines this summer. Deepwater is, so far, the only offshore wind company in the country to get full financing for an offshore wind farm.
Two banks have financed Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind farm: a bank in France and Ohio-based KeyBank.
Deer-hunting on a state-owned parcel of land on Block Island opens today. Brian Tefft, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Management, said the deer hunting season has been underway on the island since early October, but…
“This is a special lottery-only hunt for one parcel of state land located on Block Island in an effort to assist the town with the reduction of deer on the island,” Tefft said.