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  • Environmentally Speaking 041: Are Solar Panels Hazardous And Toxic?

    Are Solar Panels Hazardous And Toxic? In one of the pervious episodes we discussed solar panels and recently a listener reached out and asked a question.  But before we get into that we celebrate 50 years of the clean water act being passed! Now, the question asked was are Solar Panels Hazardous and Toxic? Answer… It depends.  Take a listen because…

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    Environmentally Speaking 038: Strain On The Grid

    Strain On The Grid Strain on the Grid refers to drought, in power, in electric power and other sources of power. The grid generally refers to the infrastructure that a utility puts in place to provide power from the generator to the user. When you hear the word “grid” most people think of, Electricity, and now that the weather is…

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    Environmentally Speaking 006: Public Utilities Commission of Rhode Island

    LISTEN NOW:     EP 006 – Public Utilities Commission of Rhode Island MARISA:  Good afternoon.  This is Environmentally Speaking.  I am Marisa Desautel an environmental attorney with a few decades of experience.  And with me today is Clarice. CLARICE:  Hey, everybody.  Marisa is back after last week’s episode.  I promise she wasn’t gone forever.  I’m Clarice.  I’m a paralegal…

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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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    BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Wind Energy Project Proposed for Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

    Agency seeks comments from the public The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it will begin conducting an environmental review of a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC, for its Vineyard Wind South offshore wind project. “The Biden-Harris administration has set an ambitious target of 30 gigawatts of installed offshore wind energy by 2030,…

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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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