Deepwater still waiting for met tower approval

Mon, 06/15/2009 - 4:15am

06/13/09 - Delays in obtaining state approval to install meteorological equipment in preparation for two Deepwater Wind offshore wind farms will not delay the project, a Deepwater executive said Wednesday.

The company needs permission from the state Coastal Resources Management Council to erect a 180-foot meteorological tower near the Coast Guard Station and an 8-foot tall Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) near the North Light. Both units collect wind data. The company needs CRMC approval because its equipment would be on the coast.

Deepwater had hoped the CRMC would hear its application Wednesday, which also includes anchoring a barge containing meteorological equipment off the southeast coast of Block Island. But the item was not ready in time to make it on the agenda, CRMC spokeswoman Laura Ricketson-Dwyer said Thursday.

Deepwater Wind Managing Director Jim Lanard said the company “can live with” the delay. Company officials hope, however, that the CRMC will approve the equipment so it can be installed by the end of July.

The town granted permission for the meteorological tower and LIDAR unit earlier this year. Company officials hope to install both units within a mater of weeks following CRMC approval.