The state’s Public Utilities Commission will be brought up to speed today on the status of the Block Island wind farm project. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports, Deepwater Wind and others will offer those updates.
Deepwater Wind, National Grid, and Block Island Power Company will present updates to the PUC on several aspects of the project, such as information about the transmission line between Block Island and the mainland and a timeline for future PUC filings. Commissioners, staff, and representatives of the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers may ask questions during the presentations. The PUC will not accept public comments, because this open meeting is not a hearing or an investigation.
To date, Deepwater Wind has secured all of the state and federal permits to begin construction, set for later this year. It will be located three miles off the coast of Block Island. And it could be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.
The open meeting takes place Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A, 89 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Rhode Island.
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