New bills being introduced at the State House would allow the construction of wind turbines.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
One Patch blogger talks about wind power in today's world.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will discuss recommendations for the town's broken wind turbine generator, as well as the snow removal budget at tonight's meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The future of the East Bay Energy Consortium - and that of the Tiverton Industrial Park - remain uncertain four years after EBEC formed to develop a for-profit wind farm on the parcel.
The Tiverton Industrial Park is caught in a battle between the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) and private developers and Tiverton taxpayers are losing out. EBEC, a regional partnership between nine East Bay communities, formed four years ago to explore ways to make money off of wind energy through net metering. Targeting the Tiverton Industrial Park as the ideal location for a venture, EBEC's idea for the for-profit wind farm project might be holding back the park's development rather than providing opportunity. According to The Hummel Report, EBEC was started with about $400,000 of seed money from the state Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its wind farm project would have made millions through net metering. Net metering …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The wind turbine generator stopped spinning again on Friday.
For the second time in two months, the Portsmouth Wind Turbine Generator has stopped spinning. "Due to recurring problems with oil pressure monitoring in the gearbox, the wind turbine is currently offline," Assistant Town Planner Gary Crosby said in an e-mail Friday. "We are awaiting analysis and recommendations from our operations and maintenance contractor and the gearbox manufacturer. The turbine will be back in operation the instant the problem is resolved." In May, the wind turbine, located at Portsmouth High School, shut down for several weeks after town officials were unable to find a "specialized part" needed for the turbine. The turbine began spinning again in late May after workers installed a new oil pressure sensor.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Workers installed a new oil pressure sensor and performed routine maintenance.
The turbine at Portsmouth High School is spinning again after workers installed a new oil pressure sensor last Friday. "Once the new one was installed everything was working just fine," said Assistant Town Planner Gary Crosby. "We fixed the problem and it's been operational ever since." The turbine stopped spinning last week after an error message appeared. The repair costs were minimal and only a "few bucks," Crosby said. While the turbine was stopped, workers were also able to perform routine 6-month maintenance to keep the windmill spinning smoothly.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Portsmouth wind turbine shut down last week after an error message.
Town officials are working to undercover what broke last week on the Portsmouth wind turbine generator. The turbine, located at Portsmouth High School, stopped spinning last week after an error message appeared. "If all goes well, we should have the turbine back in operation this afternoon (Monday)," wrote Assistant Town Planner Gary Crosby in an e-mail. "Last week and over the weekend, we were struggling with an error message indicating a high speed gearbox pump showed no pressure. Turns out the pump was pressurized just fine, so it is likely either a switch or sensor of some sort that is malfunctioning. "Technicians are there this morning and will hopefully get to the bottom of the problem today. As with any complex machine, error …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The third wind turbine in town and fourth on Aquidneck Island is officially turning its blades and generating electricity.
The Hodges Badge Co. wind turbine might have seen like a stagnant, steel maypole for the past few months, but as of Monday morning, the giant in the sky began to finally turn its blades. "I am pleased to report that our turbine is up and running as of this morning," wrote Hodges Badge President Rick Hodges in an e-mail Monday. "Actually, it was ready to run last Friday, but there wasn’t enough wind to turn the blades over the weekend. "I expect that there will be a few more shutdowns as we resolve some teething issues, but it will generally be in automatic operation going forward, meaning that it will turn into the wind by itself, and start and stop as the wind comes and goes. "It will be off tonight (Monday) because we are waiting for…
Friday, December 9, 2011
Work on the Hodges Badge wind turbine continued through the fog and rain Wednesday, and the chilly air on Thursday.
Construction continued Wednesday and Thursday on the 250-kilowatt wind turbine being constructed behind Hodges Badge's headquarters on East Main Road. In the photos featured above, workers from Rhode Island Wind Power inspect the blades, which should be attached as early as next week. Following the commissioning of the turbine and acceptance by National Grid, the turbine will become the third in operation in Portsmouth, and the fourth on Aquidneck Island. In Portsmouth, a turbine is located at Portsmouth High School and another stands erected at Portsmouth Abbey. The Hodges Badge turbine will measure 98 feet tall and has three 49-foot blades. Able to generate power at a wind speed of just nine miles per hour, the turbine is expected to …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Installation began Monday morning on the wind turbine at Hodges Badge. This will become the third wind turbine to be located in town and the fourth on Aquidneck Island.
This time next week, the horizon could appear dramatically different along East Main Road. The final stage of construction began early Monday morning on the Hodges Badge wind turbine. The 250-kilowatt turbine is being constructed behind the company’s headquarters and Rhode Island factory on East Main Road. Following the commissioning of the turbine and acceptance by National Grid, the turbine will become the third in operation in Portsmouth, and the fourth on Aquidneck Island. In Portsmouth, a turbine is located at Portsmouth High School and another stands erected at Portsmouth Abbey. The Hodges Badge turbine will measure 98 feet tall and has three 49-foot blades. Able to generate power at a wind speed of just nine miles per hour, the …