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The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has approved Ørsted and Eversource’s long-term power contract with National Grid for the 400MW Revolution Wind offshore wind project. According to Ørsted, the 400MW offshore wind farm will power more than 270,000 homes in Rhode Island, which is circa 25% of the state's total electricity use. National Grid filed for […]
Team Humber Marine Alliance and Aura Wind Energy have entered into a deal to develop an offshore wind strategy for the U.S. Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The three parties signed a contract on 2 May said to be the result of work to develop relationships with the U.S. East Coast over the last three years. The […]
Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, owners of the Revolution Wind project, have pledged USD 4.5 million to support offshore wind education and supply chain development in Rhode Island. The funding will be invested locally, with USD 3 million dedicated for higher education around offshore wind programs led by the University of Rhode Island (URI), which […]
Ready 4 Offshore Wind, a project led by the U.S. Business Network for Offshore Wind, has been selected to receive a part of a USD 1.6 million funding from the Rhode Island government. The project is among 12 partnerships announced by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and Governor Gina M. Raimondo to receive implementation grants […]
National Grid has filed for regulatory approval of a 20-year contract for energy from Ørsted’s 400MW Revolution Wind offshore wind farm with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The contract price for energy and environmental attributes is a fixed, nominal price of US 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (US 7.4 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2017 […]
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has obtained additional federal consistency oversight regarding offshore wind development projects in the federal waters off its coast, as well as that of Massachusetts. The CRMC has been granted this jurisdiction expansion by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a new Geographic Location Description (GLD 2018) […]
The U.S.-based Deepwater Wind and Vineyard Wind have submitted bids to develop offshore wind projects in Rhode Island as part of the state's competitive request for proposals (RFP) issued in September.
The U.S. state of Rhode Island will issue a competitive request for proposals (RFP) this week to procure up to 400MW of renewable energy resources.
Rhode Island's Governor Gina Raimondo has announced her Vision for Rhode Island’s Clean Energy Future – a second-term plan to position this US East Coast state as the epicentre of North America’s nascent offshore wind economy.
Deepwater Wind will invest USD 250 million locally for its Revolution Wind offshore wind project in Massachusetts, US, including a USD 40 million private investment in Rhode Island ports ProvPort and Quonset Point.
The State of Rhode Island has selected Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based clean energy developer, to construct a new, 400-megawatt offshore wind farm.
Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo has directed the Office of Energy Resources to work with the state's utilities to issue a procurement for up to 400MW of clean energy by this summer.
BOEM will hold a Rhode Island and Massachusetts Joint Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting on 16 May in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
The Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds, according to the results of two new multi-year surveys carried out by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). "BOEM remains deeply committed to ensuring that renewable […]
A 20-mile long, 34.5kV submarine cable for the first US offshore wind farm arrived last weekend from South Korea to Quonset Point, Rhode Island. This custom-designed transmission cable, developed by South Korean LS Cable & System Ltd., will interconnect to the 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm and will transport energy from Block Island to Narragansett. The cable […]
The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition has appointed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the new chairman and Gina Raimondo, Governor of the first U.S. state developing an offshore wind farm, as vice chair for the 2016 term. “As the governor of the first state in the nation to develop offshore wind resources, I look forward to working […]
The 2015 Rhode Island Clean Energy Jobs Report states that Rhode Island's clean energy economy currently supports nearly 10,000 jobs and suggests that the state is expected to add approximately 1,600 new clean energy jobs over the next year. The report, funded by the OER in partnership with Commerce RI and produced by BW Research […]
Following the commencement of Block Island offshore wind farm construction, the developer was struck by a hazard. Namely, one of the barges being used during the construction hit the installed jacket foundation making a dent in one of four legs, writes The Providence Journal. “This is the kind of thing that can happen in construction […]
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) unanimously approved the final submerged lands lease and two joint licenses and assents for the five-turbine wind farm project off Block Island at its meeting last week. These were the final permits needed as stipulated by the CRMC in its original decision for Deepwater Wind, the developer […]
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Bureau (BOEM) have announced the first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The auction, scheduled to take place on July 31, will offer 164,750 acres offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing. […]
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has scheduled public seminars in Rhode Island and Virginia to explain how offshore wind developers can participate in upcoming auctions for renewable energy development in federal waters offshore Rhode […]
Block Island homeowners, Maggie and Michael Delia, have filed an objection to Deepwater Wind’s (DWW) request to have the Coastal Resource Management Council waive a $700,000 plus application fee to examine possible permits for Deepwater Wind’s proposed $260 million wind farm and cable project in Block Island waters. Deepwater Wind has proposed to build a […]
Officials from the Cape Wind project have met with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee to discuss ports that could be used for the offshore wind project. Mark Rodgers, Cape Wind spokesman, told The Associated Press that one of the topics on the meeting was the possibility of the port at Quonset in North Kingstown to […]
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to developing the nation’s vast renewable energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced yesterday that two major wind energy initiatives have completed important environmental reviews, clearing the way for public comment and final review. Onshore, Salazar announced the release of final environmental impact statements for […]
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a request to determine whether there is competitive interest in the construction of a transmission system between the Rhode Island coastline and Block Island, an important step in evaluating a transmission project proposed by Deepwater Wind that would deliver electrical power from its proposed 30 megawatt Block Island […]
Deepwater Wind hailed the announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee that the federal leasing and permitting process for a utility-scale offshore wind farm in Rhode Island Sound is moving forward. “The announcement is great news not only for […]