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State authorities due to rule on Block Island

UNITED STATES: Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council will decide next week on approval of the Block Island offshore wind project.

The Block Island project is located off Rhode Island's coast
The Block Island project is located off Rhode Island's coast

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The council has already indicated that it is inclined to approve the 30MW project being developed by Deepwater Wind.

A meeting has been called for Thursday 3 April, where a subcommittee will "render a recommendation of its findings of all the hearing and testimony presented at the three hearings", according to the council.

The recommendation will then be voted on by the full council at a date that is yet to be decided. Throughout February, the committee has been carrying out consultation with the public and industry.

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

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 in an auction for leasing rights there.

A turbine supply deal has been signed with Alstom for its 6MW Haliade machine.

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