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Local Wind Turbines and Low-Impact Hydro: Updates in MA and RI

We like to keep our members and the general public updated on renewable energy progress in New England. Our green power updates will tell you a little more about what’s going on in renewable energy construction. The local wind turbines and low-impact hydro project in this update are supported by Mass Energy and People's Power & Light members.


Pawtucket, RI 

We are very pleased to add hydro power from Pawtucket Hydro. It is owned and operated by Gravity Renewables, Inc. and it is certified by the Low-Impact Hydro Institute.

While the facility has produced electricity for decades, it was recently refurbished in order to increase its annual production. As a result, some of the production is considered eligible for the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Standard in the same category as wind and solar. It is that incremental production that People’s Power & Light will be acquiring on behalf of our Green Power members. We are currently working with Gravity Renewables, Inc. on hosting an event for our members sometime this summer.  We’re looking forward to meeting you and giving you a chance to learn about a great local resource!


Photo taken by, Peter Goldberg


Plymouth, MA

A four-turbine, eight (8) megawatt wind project is proceeding quite well at a cranberry bog in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We will receive thirty percent of the renewable energy from that project for the first ten years, and then more after that initial contract period. The project is expected to be completed by this fall. We look forward to having members visit this family farm that will be producing bumper crops of both cranberries and wind power – just in time for the harvest!  Stay tuned for future updates!


Coventry, RI

You may have read that the town of West Warwick recently signed a deal to build three wind turbines on private land in Coventry.  In addition to those three, Wind Energy Development is building a fourth wind turbine, the output of which will be included in the portfolios of New England Wind and New England GreenStart.  If all goes well, the four wind turbines may be producing zero-emission energy about a year from now.



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