Sunday, January 6, 2008

Pre-emptive delays for RI offshore energy projects

The state of Rhode Island has newly signed an agreement with University of Rhode Island to research offshore energy projects according to the Providence Journal. One of the goals is to establish a recommendation for zoning of the state's waters that takes into account commercial, boating and environmental concerns. It is expected that the CRMC (state's agency for coastal and water conservation) will adopt these recommendations when completed in 18 months. This puts all current applications, such as the Allco wind farms, the states own wind development project and a wave generation project on hold until the zoning recommendations can be completed.

It is hoped that doing this research now will ease the permitting process later as the state will have an inventory of what water uses are already occurring and can use that to inform decisions about siting for energy generation.

Via National Wind Watch and Providence Journal.