Governor Lincoln Chafee Foresees Large Role for Rhode Island Offshore Wind

Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm, Governor Lincoln Chafee said recently.

Rhode Island officials had hoped that Cape Wind would use New Bedford and Rhode Island’s Quonset Point for the staging and construction of a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, bringing jobs and economic activity to both states. Cape Wind announced Friday that it had signed a lease agreement with Massachusetts.

Chafee said Cape Wind would probably need support in Rhode Island for its projects. Company spokesman Mark Rodgers said Monday that Cape Wind is keeping its one-year option to lease about 14 acres at Quonset in case it needs to use both ports.

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Date Posted: 9/17/2014