With the conventional generators providing the New England grid with wholesale prices around 5-6 cents per kwh, it is absurd that Deepwater Wind in the shallow waters between Block Island and mainland Rhode Island will come on line starting at 24 cents per kwh.
In this article, we see once again, despicable, biased, cheerleading reporting on wind power projects. There is NO journalistic integrity when these articles are written or when the Portland Press Herald publishes them when there is no representation of the enormous criticism this project has had. Worse, the public is left with the impression that there are no problems with projects like these.
A HUGE problem with this project is the heinous Power Purchase Agreement that starts wholesale pricing at 24 cents per kwh when conventional generators are selling to the New England grid at 5-6 cents per kwh. The PPA also includes a 3.5% annual escalator, meaning it becomes astoundingly expensive. If we continue to develop wind projects with PPAs like that we will increase the cost of electricity so much that it will ruin our economy and drive lower earning people into "energy poverty", just as happened in the UK.
Lattice towers to be anchored on the seabed of Block Island Sound for the shallow water Deepwater Wind project.