Friday, November 23, 2007

Wind Turbines Planned for L.C. & Middletown Waters

"...a New York firm hopes to build 50 to as many as 84 wind turbines in waters a short distance south of Little Compton .... Allco Renewable Energy Group Ltd. filed preliminary papers with the state coastal Resources Management Council in late September in which it outlined a proposal to erect perhaps as many as 335 turbines at four Rhode Island coastal sites.
Other sites include waters off Sachuest Point and Second Beach in Middletown (85 to 120 turbines in up to 9 square miles of water); just south of Block Island (50 to 84 turbines in up to 6.5 square miles of water); and 50 turbines off Westerly."

To get permission to do this there needs to be a hearing with the Coastal Resources Management Council. "A CRMC official told the Providence Journal last week that is unclear how long the CRMC will need to respond and added that the CRMC does not yet have guidelines for permitting offshore wind farms." The Guv's study group already identified Sakonnet Point (inc. Little C.) as a suitable site. "The Governor and his alternative energy committee are looking into a state-sponsored wind project that might generate as much as 15 percent of the state's electricity."

These things are huge. "The turbines would be big: Each tower would stand 345 feet above the water and hold blades with 295-foot diameter." Sakonnet Point is also a major migratory bird path as is the rest of our island.

Good idea? I certainly have reservations. Rep. Loughlin has already developed a list of questions regarding this project. Funny, he had no questions whatsoever in his recent Snooze article regarding getting rid of the State Pension system- just do it. But that's for another day. Sen. Gibbs, maybe you can just adopt his & be thankful to whichever aide wrote them up.

Thanks to RI Reporter for pointing me to an article I had missed. He's revamped (in a good way) so check it out.

Thanks to reporter Bruce Burdett of East Bay Newspapers which just keeps getting better & better.
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