Deepwater withdraws its Narragansett application

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 5:30pm

Deepwater Wind has withdrawn its application with the Town of Narragansett to run its electric transmission cable through the town and build a new switchyard in Narragansett. Deepwater officials made the surprise announcement of the withdrawal today.

Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski said in a statement: "We're continuing to explore alternative routes for the cable that will connect Block Island to the mainland, and we remain confident we'll find a suitable location.  While we believed that Narragansett Town Beach was a good option, it was never the only location we considered.  We plan to bury the cable beneath existing roadways, with little to no impact on the general public. We'll make our cable plan public once it is further defined."

Deepwater had asked for a submarine transmission cable to make landfall at Narragansett Town Beach, and follow an onshore route to a new switchyard in the Town of Narragansett. The cable is part of a five-turbine wind farm project proposed for off the coast of Block Island. Deepwater had verbally offered Narragansett $2.25 million for work related to this project.

Despite this offer, the council placed on its May 5 agenda a motion to deny Deepwater's request. Deepwater announced that same day it was withdrawing the application to the town, but the Narragansett Town Council still voted 5-0 to deny it.

Read more information and more on Deepwater in this Friday's issue of The Block Island Times.