Wind Power Site Eyed Off Mass., R.I. Coast

It didn’t take long for Neptune Wind to answer the Obama administration’s call for possible offshore wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Within days, the company said it wants to build and operate a 500-megawatt (MW) capacity power plant about 20 nautical miles south of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border.

Mass High Tech first reported on Neptune’s intentions, posted on the Neptune blog. Neptune dubbed the envisioned project “Nomans Wind,” and said it would “employ next generation offshore turbines designed for the strong wind regime in this area.” Noting water depths ranging from 20 to 40 meters, Neptune said construction would require “the use of a jacket structure foundation that can withstand harsh marine conditions.”

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Neptune’s post followed a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announcement that it was seeking possible lease locations off Massachusetts and Rhode Island from developers, as well as public comment on the environmental impact of offshore wind-power development in the areas under consideration.

A full fact sheet on the Rhode Island and Massachusetts announcement is available online as a PDF. Responses to the call for lease locations as well as environmental-impact comments must be submitted by October 3, and can be made by visting the BOEMRE website, clicking on the “Public Comment” link and following the instructions to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.