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Block Island receives regulatory nod

UNITED STATES: The 30MW test offshore project at Block Island has moved a step closer to reality, with state authorities offering no objection to the plans.

The project is located off the coast of Rhode Island
The project is located off the coast of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, the leading permitting agency for the project, is still to hold a public hearing on the plans, but has issued this preliminary judgement.

The body also urged the adoption of 17 measures, which include reducing any impacts on whales during construction, conducting regular reports on bird impact after the wind turbines are installed, and carrying out a study on the effects of the wind farm on recreational boating.

The project has met with objections from locals, with developer Deepwater Wind being forced to look at changing the shore landing and buried land route for the wind farm as a result.

Deepwater intends to use the 30MW Block Island project to provide a test case for an offshore wind farm of up to 200 turbines in Rhode Island federal waters following its victory last week in an auction for leasing rights there.

Block Island will consist of five Siemens 6MW wind turbines, a submarine cable interconnection between the turbines and a 34.5-kilovolt submarine transmission cable.

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