2013-01-24 / News

Open House at NAVSTA to discuss wind power

Naval Station Newport will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island in Newport to present the results of studies that were prepared to support the installation’s environmental assessment for the use of wind energy.

The assessment was initiated in January 2011 to evaluate Naval Station’s proposal to produce up to 9 megawatts of electricity for the station’s use. It examined the environmental impacts of siting wind turbines for 12 preselected sites on board the installation.

Studies in support of the assessment looked at environmental impacts related to noise, shadow flicker, birds and bats, marine mammals, historic properties, and archeological resources at each of the 12 sites.

Naval Station Newport is pursuing alternative energy generation projects in an effort to meet the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The secretary of the Navy’s goal is to produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources by 2020.

Nearly 8,000 military and civilian personnel report to the installation daily to work and train at one of the 50 different Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. Army Reserve commands and schools that call Newport home. Naval Station Newport and the commands on board the base posted an economic impact of $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2011.

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