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Chinese, French and Canadian companies enter Deepwater Wind saga

US: Chinese manufacturer XEMC New Energy, French turbine maker Areva and Canadian developer TransCanada are all taking sides in the utility commission proceedings into the proposed Block Island offshore wind farm.

XEMC’s letter to Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC), in support of the power purchase agreement (PPA) between Block Island developer Deepwater Wind and utility National Grid, reveals that the manufacturer is vying to supply the 20MW wind farm, as well as other Deepwater projects.

Areva has also written a letter of support, as have JD Cable Systems and Mitsubishi International Corporation, two companies bidding to supply cables to the project.

But TransCanada has filed a motion with the PUC claiming it could supply the state with renewable energy at a cheaper rate than that proposed by Block Island developer Deepwater Wind and its power purchaser National Grid.

The Canadian company specifically cited its 132MW Kibby Wind Farm in Maine, half of which is online.

Deepwater has objected to TransCanada’s motion.

In a memorandum, Rhode Island attorney general Patrick Lynch found fault with many of the legal arguments in Deepwater’s objection.

Deepwater’s PPA with National Grid subsidiary Narragansett Electric agrees a rate of 24.4 cents per kWh.

It is the second PPA between the two parties, and was enabled by a bill signed by governor Donald Carcieri last month.

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