March 31 2010- The Rhode Island PUC voted unanimously against the power-purchase agreement between developer Deepwater Wind and National Grid, concluding that the deal was not “commercially reasonable.”
Dec. 9 2009- National Grid and Deepwater Wind have signed a PPA. Electricity generated by the eight-turbine project off Block Island will cost 24.4 cents per kilowatt-hour when it begins operating in 2013.
October 17 2009- National Grid rejected Deepwater's Rhode Island proposal calling it "uneconomic." Calculations by National Grid put the cost at 30.7 cents per kilowatt-hour over the 20-year contract, compared to 9.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity from other sources. Deepwater estimates the sale price to be closer to 20 to 25 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Jan. 8 2009- In a deal signed with the state, Deepwater Wind will build a 20 MW first phase in state waters (expected to cost $50 to 100 million) which, as planned, would connect directly to Block Island, RI. Excess electricity may be sent from Block Island to the mainland through an undersea cable. Phase I is scheduled to begin full commercial operation in 2012. At an expected cost of over $1 billion, Phase 2 will be situated in federal waters and is expected to have more than 100 turbines. The project is expected to generate 1.3 million megawatt-hours a year or 15 % of the state's electricity.
Deepwater Wind Website
OWEC Jacket Foundation at Beatrice Offshore Wind Project:
Deepwater Wind Jacket Foundation Overview Video (NJ):
R.I. PUC rejects wind power contract- March 31 2010
N. Grid, Deepwater in wind power deal- Dec 9 2009
Nat Grid still won’t buy from Deepwater- Nov 18 2009
Deepwater Wind Considering Wind Project Off Block Island- September 9 2009
Deepwater Wind to get permits for data-collecting equipment- July 15 2009
Council allows Deepwater met tower- March 7 2009
R.I. considers offshore wind farms- April 19, 2007
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