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  • RI Fishing Industry List Public Comment Period – Vineyard Wind South

    BOEM is seeking comments (due July 30, 2021) on what information to consider in an Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Vineyard Wind South project. The proposed project includes up to 130 wind turbine generators, 2-5 offshore substations, inter-array cables, and up to 5 export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. This project would be…

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    Renewable Energy Regulations in RI: Economic Considerations and Solar Siting

    Our blog has written about the solar farm development siting and impacts on the surrounding wooded areas on a few occasions. This post will give some insight into the newer developments with regard to Rhode Island’s solar capabilities and renewable energy regulations, as evidenced in two recent reports. Renewable Energy Regulations and Economic Benefits As we discussed previously, the state…

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    Massachusetts Moves Forward with New Renewable Energy Regulations

    In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look into renewable energy regulations updated in Massachusetts, which became the first state to adopt a Clean Peak Energy Standard. Energy Oversight in Massachusetts: the DOER The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) develops and implements the state’s energy supply policies and programs. They aim to keep the state’s energy supply diverse, secure,…

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    Solar Farm Land Dispute in Richmond Results in Superior Court Reversal

    In the latest solar farm land dispute heard by the R.I. Superior Court, Freepoint Solar, LLC (“Freepoint”) appealed a decision of the Town of Richmond Zoning Board of Review (“the ZBR”). The ZBR denied Freepoint a special use permit for construction of a solar farm on property in the town’s R-3 residential zoning district. Today, we’ll explain why the Superior…

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    An Update on RI Energy Law and Policy

    The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (“OER”) is currently working on implementation of Governor Raimondo’s January 2020 Executive Order. The goal of the Executive Order is to propel the state’s energy law and policy toward meeting 100% of its electricity demand with renewable energy resources by 2030. Today, we’ll discuss renewable energy law and policy, as well as cover…

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    New Zoning Requirements for Energy Project Applications in Rhode Island

    Recently, we discussed applications of Rhode Island laws and regulations related to green energy developments, particularly solar developments. On April 20, 2020, the R.I. Superior Court issued a decision related to solar developments and zoning requirements, which we will review here. The Exeter Solar Project Green Development (referred to hereinafter as Green) has been developing various renewable energy projects in…

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    COVID-19 and Renewable Energy Law and Policy

    The renewable energy industries lobbied to get assistance in the latest federal stimulus package.  The assistance language was included in the stimulus bill as drafted in the House previously. Review of the stimulus package reveals that the lobbying failed and energy law and policy in the U.S. will keep with the status quo. CARES Act The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

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    The Regulatory Environment for Business

    The RI General Assembly recognized the need for coordinated decisions on where to site large energy facilities in the state. Given that there is some overlap in the jurisdiction of several agencies with various areas of expertise, this recognition makes sense. In changing the regulatory environment for business, the General Assembly passed the Energy Facility Siting Act. This act created…

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    Growing Tension Between Solar Development and Forested Land: Are Land Use Restrictions Necessary?

    Many people agree with the benefits that renewable development bring. For example, less reliance on already-finite fossil fuels, potential long-term financial savings, etc. But, the problems that may come with where to put these development projects are now a hot topic. The balance between renewable energy projects and forests, open space, and farmland has surfaced more recently with regard to…

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