Breaking: Deepwater proposes cable landfall at Scarborough State Beach

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 8:45pm

Deepwater Wind announced today that it plans to install its electric transmission cable at Scarborough State Beach, located in Narragansett, R.I.

"The cable will be buried about 6 feet under the ocean floor throughout its 18-mile underwater route from the waters off Block Island to its landfall at Scarborough State Beach," said a press release issued by Deepwater. "From the beach area, the cable will remain buried, beneath state roads, and eventually connect with National Grid’s existing electric substation in Wakefield."

This information was announced in the press release and confirmed to The Block Island Times by Deepwater's spokeswoman Meaghan Wims, of the public relations firm Duffy & Shanley.

Deepwater's press release also said "There will be no overhead cables, and the cable will be buried just like other utilities" and that Deepwater will pay for upgrades to the state beach.

According to the press release, after construction, "the project will pay for a major 'facelift' for Scarborough Beach, including new plantings, repairs to pathways, and a general sprucing up. Improvements will be made not only for the small cable installation area, but also for the much larger public recreational areas."

Deepwater has proposed a five-turbine wind farm to be built offshore of Block Island, and the transmission cable will connect the wind farm to the mainland power grid.

Previously, Deepwater had planned that the cable would make landfall at Narragansett Town Beach, but withdrew these plans in August, after opposition from residents and the Town Council in Narragansett.

For the complete story, see Friday's edition of The Block Island Times.