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Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
Obama gave the project a green light, but now the real fight begins.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010

An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
Wind Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010

A turbine grows in Warwick

If all goes well, Shalom Housing in Warwick, a division of Jewish Seniors Agency, will be the home of a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, part of new federal “green” stimulus award of up to $1.5 million from the US Housing and Urban Development to retrofit the
Windy City
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  November 06, 2009

Letters to the Editor: August 28, 2009

The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece " What's Wrong With Wind Power " (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption all forms of
Letters to the Portland Editor

Holding a finger to the wind

Across New England, there's currently less than 150 megawatts worth of wind turbines installed and operational. That's small change compared with what's happening in places such as Texas and California. But it's a whole lot more than existed just a few
An energy expert forecasts a blustery day ahead for the region
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 21, 2009

Why wind power blows

The world is looking for a no-brainer solution to the 21st century's impending energy crisis, and wind power seems to provide many of the right answers.
Why we shouldn't overload our energy basket with wind eggs
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 21, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 12, 2009

Can 'solar as service' work in Rhode Island?

As Alteris Renewables sees it, this is the game-changer.
A bright idea
By MARION DAVIS  |  May 01, 2009

Mountains, not windmills

I just read your article (" Transmission Troubles ," by Deirdre Fulton, February 13) in the Portland Phoenix, great article.
Portland Phoenix Letters: February 27, 2009
By Portland Phoenix Letters  |  February 25, 2009

Transmission troubles

Late last month, Maine's second large commercial wind farm officially opened at Stetson Mountain in the eastern part of the state. But for all this potential, both in terms of the power source itself, and the brainpower behind it, Maine risks losing a
We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009

How power transmission should work

Power transmissions
A rudimentary tour through "the grid."
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 6
Unintended Consequences
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008

Heat of the moment

Because of the high cost of heating oil, I'm considering installing an alternative energy source in my house. I've examined the possibilities, and it looks as if my best bet is a home nuclear-power plant.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 30, 2008


Harley Lee and I are not friends. The only time we’ve met was a couple of years ago in a Carrabassett Valley bar, where I told him the world would be a better place if somebody poisoned his drink.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2008

RI-style problems discovered in Saipan

Saipan is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands — a US protectorate that has been politically connected with Uncle Sam since the end of World War II — and it has problems.
Small world
By ARIN GREENWOOD  |  May 28, 2008

A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008

Trading for my sorrows

My reputation as a problem solver is a little on the shabby side.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 03, 2007

The dirty story behind local energy

It’s hard to imagine that a town as poor as this one could have a slum.
Eastern Massachusetts hums comfortably on Colombian coal. But the mines are devastating land and lives in the Guajira peninsula.
By AVIVA CHOMSKY  |  October 01, 2007

Don’t you dare come after my bottled water

In a fiercely divided America, there’s one thing that the usually-correct Left shares with the almost-never Right.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  September 19, 2007

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

It’s going to take more than screwing in a few compact fluorescent light bulbs to make a dent in the state’s energy use.
Can Maine’s alternative-energy sources save the day?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2007

I’ve heard the wind blow before

As a responsible journalist — Ow! Ow!
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 23, 2007


Is nuclear power worth another look?

Since a partial meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 — the worst nuclear accident in US history — the debate over the safety and necessity of nuclear energy has steadily waxed and waned.
Action speaks!
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  October 11, 2006

Break like the wind

I felt like a voyeur. There was Fred Hardy of New Sharon crawling into bed with — gawd, I can’t look! — Al Gore.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2006

RI goes (a little) green

As Rhode Islanders shed their heavy coats and wel­come spring, chances are they won’t remember this past fall and winter for the relatively mild weather.
Surging energy costs are leading the state to tap alternative sources once viewed as flaky or unproven
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  April 12, 2006

Wind-farm debate

Would opponents of the proposed Cape Wind offshore energy parkbe more amenable to the idea if the project were prettier?
Why not make it pretty?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 25, 2006