Archive for Rhode Island

Wind Turbine Goes Down In Snowy Rhode Island

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 14, 2017

Strong winds accompanying the snowstorm pummeling the Northeast took down a wind turbine in Narragansett, R.I., today. According to a post on the Narragansett Emergency Management Agency’s Twitter page, the turbine fell in Point Judith during some pretty intense winds: [Read More]

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo, who heads the state with the U.S.’ first offshore wind farm, has announced an ambitious goal for Rhode Island: a tenfold increase in renewables by 2020.

U.S. Offshore Wind Becomes A Reality In ‘A Matter Of Days’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 02, 2016

The U.S.’ first offshore wind farm will begin commercial operations in a “matter of days,” developer Deepwater Wind has revealed. In its latest update on the Block Island Wind Farm, Deepwater Wind says it has now completed the testing phase [Read More]

Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Names 2017 Leaders

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 24, 2016

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition has appointed Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the group’s chair and vice chair, respectively, for 2017. Rhode Island has positioned itself as a leader in offshore renewable energy, says [Read More]

R.I. Wastewater Treatment Company Goes All In On Wind, Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 07, 2016

The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), a wastewater treatment company based out of Providence, R.I., is reportedly planning to operate on 100% renewable energy in two years’ time. According to an article from Rhode Island Public Radio, the company already has [Read More]

Deepwater Wind Eyes Fall For Start Of Commercial Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 22, 2016

Deepwater Wind has completed installation of the five Haliade wind turbines that will power the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, located roughly three miles off the coast of Block Island, R.I. The wind farm will now undergo a series [Read More]

R.I. Governor Signs Renewables Bills, Including One To Boost RPS

Posted by Lauren Tyler on July 08, 2016

Joined by state legislators and other officials on Thursday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, D-R.I., ceremonially signed into law several bills meant to advance renewable energy in Rhode Island. According to a press release from the General Assembly, one of the [Read More]

Block Island Wind Farm Vessel Heads to France; Next Stop: Rhode Island

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 08, 2016

Having been mobilized in Esbjerg, Denmark, the Brave Tern installation vessel for the Block Island wind farm is now headed to GE’s facility in St. Nazaire, France, where it will load up the nacelles for the offshore project. Mobilization of [Read More]

R.I. Legislature Passes Bill To Boost Renewable Energy Target

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 22, 2016

The Rhode Island legislature has passed a bill to advance the state’s renewable energy target from 14.5% by 2019 to 40% by 2035 – a move being applauded by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The new law, if signed [Read More]

Block Island Wind Farm Kicks Off 2016 Construction

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 22, 2016

With the initial tower sections that will eventually support five Haliade 6 MW offshore wind turbines serving as the backdrop, Deepwater Wind, GE, and political and labor leaders kicked off the project’s 2016 construction season.