renewable energy

Environment
6:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Program Produces Positive Economic, Environmental Impacts

The state's renewable energy fund and the program designed to stimulate the development of renewable energy projects in Rhode Island are producing positive outcomes: more jobs and less pollution. That's according to a recent report by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.  

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Environment
4:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has granted Deepwater Wind its first set of major permit approvals for the Block Island Wind Farm. This marks a significant milestone for the project.

The DEM has deemed the wind farm and underwater transmission cable in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. So it issued the company Water Quality Certificates. The DEM also issued a Freshwater Wetland permit for certain onshore construction activities. 

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Environmental Groups To Lobby Lawmakers On Key Bills

Dozens of environmental group will descend on the Statehouse Wednesday to advocate for green legislation.
Credit Don Boorman

The Environment Council of Rhode Island will host its annual Earth Day at the Statehouse Wednesday.  The event is also called Earth Lobby Day.

The coalition of more than 60 environmental groups wants to bring attention to key environmental bills under consideration, as state lawmakers begin the last leg of the 2014 legislative session. 

Channing Jones, campaign director of Environment Rhode Island, a member of the coalition, said the event is an opportunity for the environmental community to do a group push for priorities they share.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

CRMC Subcommittee Recommends Approving Proposed Offshore Wind Farm

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A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approving a proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.  

The subcommittee’s official recommendation will be read at a council meeting within the next 30 days, and then scheduled for a full committee vote. The subcommittee’s recommendation holds a lot of weight, according to Laura Dwyer, information coordinator for the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

RISD, Brown Team Up To Build A Solar House

Students from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are building a solar house using existing materials in new ways to create a soft enclosure. This is a rendering of the solar house.
Courtesy of Team Inside Out

Leave it to a team of the brightest students in Rhode Island to design a solar-powered house made almost entirely out of high-quality fabrics. Students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are competing as one team, called Team Inside Out, in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, taking place in Versailles, France in July.

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Environment
4:20 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Quonset Business Park To Welcome Another Solar Company

Bella Energy solar panels in Lafayette, Colorado.
Credit Courtesy of Bella Energy

The Quonset Development Corporation has given a Colorado-based renewable energy company, Bella Energy, the green light to build a solar farm.

The solar farm will sit on an acre and a half, out of the five acres Bella Energy will lease.

Ted Kresse, spokesperson for the Quonset Development Corporation, said the land Bella Energy will lease is not fit for industrial development, but works for solar projects.

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Environment
1:16 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

CRMC Staff Report Has "No Objections" to Block Island Offshore Wind Farms

One of the wind turbines already installed in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council says it does not object with the wind farm projects off Block Island proposed by developer Deepwater Wind.

Four CRMC staff members shared this position, along with 17 recommended stipulations, in a 53-page staff report earlier this week in advance of a public hearing on the project’s permit application next week.

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Environment
4:22 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England?

Rhode Island would benefit from renewable energy from power lines that would run through New England.
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Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec. 

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