Deepwater: Providence Journal image 'inaccurate'

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 2:00pm

Deepwater Wind officials wanted to immediately clear up a misconception: a photo illustration published on the front page of the Aug. 1 edition of The Providence Journal depicting what a large wind farm would look like from the shores of Block Island is not accurate and did not come from Deepwater Wind.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowksi said that "we have no idea where that graphic came from. That’s not an image from us, and we’re demanding a retraction and a correction."

The illustration accompanied an article about Deepwater Wind winning a lease to develop an offshore wind farm in federal waters between Block Island and Martha's Vineyard. The Journal attributed the illustration to Deepwater Wind and an illustrator.

The caption for the image reads: "A composite photograph showing how a wind farm would look off Block Island, with wind turbines added digitally."

The reason the issue is so sensitive is because some have argued that the five wind turbines proposed for off the coast of Block Island would negatively alter the landscape, especially for those homeowners facing the proposed wind farm site. The illustration depicts what looks to be dozens of visible turbines from the Block Island shore.

Grybowski said that the wind farm the company plans to build in federal waters "would be virtually invisible from Block Island." The edge of this wind farm — which could consist of up to 200 turbines — would be more than 15 miles away from Block Island.

The smaller, five-turbine farm that Deepwater has proposed for Block Island would be built three miles offshore from the island.

— Stephanie Turaj