New Life for Wind?

Just a day after the federal government gave approval for the controversial Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, new hope for a stalled off-shore wind farm in Rhode Island.

Plans for the 100-turbine project hit a major roadbloack when the state's Public Utilities Commission rejected plans for a small, eight-turbine project off the coast of Block Island that was to serve as a dry run for the larger project.

Insiders said they expected the General Assembly to rewrite the rules in order to move the project forward. And now, new legislation in the state Senate seeks to do just that - circumventing the PUC and giving approval rights to four state agencies which are expected to sign off on the project.

It is, plainly, a rigging of the process - and, if you believe in a green economy, the right thing to do.

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