R.I. Wind Energy Legislation Passes In Senate

Rhode Island's Senate Environment Committee has voted 5-2 in favor of legislation that would send the power purchase agreement (PPA) for an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island back to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Providence Journal reports. The full Senate approved the legislation by a 25-10 vote.

An identical bill was to be heard by the House Environment Committee late Tuesday night, and could reach the House floor today.

Deepwater Wind LLC has proposed a $200 million wind farm to power Block Island. In addition, the company wants to build a much larger offshore wind project. The legislation is needed in order for the project to move ahead, because the PUC rejected an earlier PPA, saying it was too expansive.

SOURCE: The Providence Journal Â

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