Feds Meet in RI to Discuss Offshore Wind

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) – A federal regulator told officials from Rhode Island and Massachusetts that cooperation is key as the states try to develop offshore wind together.

Ned Farquhar, who works at the U.S. Department of the Interior, met with the officials at Roger Williams University in Bristol.

He applauded the states for their joint agreement on siting wind farms in a 400-square mile section of Rhode Island Sound. The area is bordered by Block Island, R.I., on one end and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on the other.

Two developers, Deepwater Wind and Neptune Wind, have applied to build there. Neptune is proposing a 120-turbine wind farm and Deepwater aims to build a 200-turbine wind farm.

At the meeting, the Interior Department released details about its project assessment and permitting. Farquhar said permitting could last four to five years.

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