Rhode Island site OKs lease option with Cape Wind

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound has gotten the OK for an option to lease land at a Rhode Island port for a possible staging and assembly area.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1jwSQ3d ) reports that the board of directors for the Quonset Business Park voted Tuesday to award a three-year lease option to the developer of the 130-turbine Cape Wind project. The lease must be signed by April.

Cape Wind previously announced plans to build turbines in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Company officials say it's possible they'll use both sites.

The business park already has approved leasing land to Deepwater Wind, which plans wind farms off Rhode Island.

Steven King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corp., says the park also hopes to attract a turbine manufacturer or cable supplier.

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Information from:

The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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