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Rhode Island court backs first offshore scheme

UNITED STATES: A power-purchase agreement between developer Deepwater Wind and National Grid US for the 30MW Block Island wind farm has been affirmed by eastern-seaboard state Rhode Island's Supreme Court.

Deepwater Wind annd National Grid US get Supreme Court approval for Block Island
Deepwater Wind annd National Grid US get Supreme Court approval for Block Island

Petitioners Toray Plastics America and Polytop Corp had sought to overturn the agreement previously ratified by the state, saying that electricity generated from the project would be too expensive — up to three times higher than current rates.

The Supreme Court's decision paves the way for the first offshore wind-farm scheme in the US to go ahead. Block Island, 5km out to sea, could now be in operation by 2013 and would act as a pilot for a larger 350MW project later.

The petition against the scheme had delayed the project for a year. If the objectors seek to appeal the case to the Federal Supreme Court there could be a further delay of a similar period.

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