Deepwater Wind gets onshore works nod for 30-MW project off Rhode Island
Dec 6, 2013 - Deepwater Wind LLC has secured approval for the underwater cable coming from its 30-MW Block Island wind project off the Rhode Island coast to make landfall at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett.
On Wednesday the State Properties Committee gave the go-ahead to the company’s application for onshore cabling after a two to zero vote, The Providence Journal reported. The company will have to pay USD 1.7 million (EUR 1.2m) in compensations for the easements to be granted by Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Transportation in Rhode Island.
The cable will be installed in the off-season -- between October and May.
According to Deepwater Wind calculations, the proposed five-turbine demonstration wind farm will produce more than 125,000 MWh per year. Earlier the company intended to transport that output via a cable passing through Narragansett Town Beach, but abandoned the proposed scheme after severe opposition from locals.
Under the current plan, the cable will come from the offshore wind farm to Block Island until it reaches Scarborough after 18 miles (29 km). It will finally connect to the grid at a substation in Wakefield.