Jen McCann, NE Wind Power and the Latest from the Rhode Island Shoreline
Let's take a trip to the beautiful Rhode Island coast!
Peter and Tyler welcome to the American Shoreline Podcast Jen McCann, Director of US Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and Director of Extension for RI Sea Grant. Jen has been on the front lines of Rhode Island coastal issues for a few decades now and she is a key player in the effort to chart the future of offshore wind power. This "Small but Mighty" state -- smallest in the Union at 1,212 square miles -- hopes to lead the way on offshore wind power in the northeast. They have an early lead with the Block Island wind farm, a small 30 MW farm just off shore. But, as other NE states lay claim to offshore wind territories, the competition is heating up and protecting commercial fishing, contending with viewscapes, and providing proper port facilities make ramping up wind power a tricky balance. Catch the breeze on this fascinating issue with a true coastal professional. Only on ASPN, the Voice of the Coastal Community!