One Square Mile: Block Island

Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Most residents on Block Island support the construction of a five-turbine wind farm off the coast because it will reduce their power bills, which are some of the highest in the nation. The project has at least one vocal critic, resident and former Redmond, WA mayor Rosemarie Ives.

Block Island Power Company supplies electricity for the entire island.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Block Islanders are paying some of the highest costs for electricity in the nation. And a small-scale wind farm is planned to go up just off the island to provide some relief to those bills that can climb into the tens of thousands for some businesses. As part of our One Square Mile series focused on Block Island, we knocked on doors to talk with residents about business owners about how they cope with the high cost of power and the controversial wind farm that's promised to cut costs.

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of our `One Square Mile' reports on Block Island RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a break from the political circuit to take us for a ferry ride to Block Island.

Block Island s just nine miles from the Rhode Island mainland but a world away. Home in January to just 1,000 hardy souls, in summer the pork-chop shaped island's population bulges to ten times that.

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week Rhode Island Public Radio is rolling out the next installment in what we call "One Square Mile" It's a series that takes a look at one Rhode Island community and tells its stories. This time, we're focusing on Block Island. Originally part of Massachusetts, Block Island has long been the pride of Rhode Island --- a place so undeveloped it's almost like going back in time. We begin our series with the history of the island, reported by Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic.