RI Agency to Vote on Wind Farm Agreement

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission is preparing to vote on a power purchase agreement for a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

The agreement between developer Deepwater Wind and National Grid, the utility, involves a proposed eight-turbine wind farm. It calls for National Grid to buy the energy generated from the wind farm at 24.4 cents per kilowatt hour.

The PUC is due to vote on the agreement Wednesday afternoon. The quasi-public body rejected a similar agreement last March as too costly for ratepayers, but new legislation passed this year and supported by Gov. Don Carcieri is aimed at speeding the regulatory approval process.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch and other critics have said the deal unfairly favors Deepwater Wind.

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