Rhode Island

State Profile

Rhode Island’s offshore wind potential is over 25.6 GW, according to data from NREL. Deepwater Wind’s 30 MW pilot project, the Block Island Project, is the nation's first offshore wind farm and is currently under construction in state water. Five turbines will be mounted to the Gulf Coast-manufactured foundations beginning in summer 2016. Through a Memorandum of Understanding, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have equal terms on a 400 square-mile Wind Energy Area (WEA). Deepwater Wind holds the commercial lease to develop the WEA and has proposed a project of up to 1200 MW—enough to power 350,000 homes. In 2010, the state received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds of $22.3 million to redevelop the Quonset Business Park to accommodate the offshore wind industry.

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Complaint in Superior Court against the Block Island Wind Farm Rhode Island Superior Court Jul 11 2014
Modification to Block Island Transmission System Deepwater Wind May 31 2014
Review of Proposed Purchase of Assets of Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC La Capra Associates Mar 28 2014
Fact Sheet on Turbines for Block Island Wind Farm Alstom Jan 1 2014
Study on Suitable Harbors for Offshore Wind Traffic Clarendon Hill Consulting Oct 1 2013
Lease Auction Results Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jul 31 2013
Response to Comments and Explanation of Changes to Sale Notice Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jul 25 2013
Economic Impact of Offshore Wind in Rhode Island Deepwater Wind Jul 9 2013
Legal Process and Lessons from the Cape Wind Project Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal Jul 1 2013
Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England New England Clean Energy Council Jun 1 2013
Final Sale Notice of Wind Energy Area Leases Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jun 1 2013
Block Island Wind Farm Project Permit Press Release Deepwater Wind May 8 2013
A Legal and Policy-Based Evaluation of the Block Island Wind Farm and the Legislation that Saved it Connecticut Law Review May 1 2013
Letter to the Editor Criticizing Block Island Wind Farm The Energy Council of Rhode Island (TEC-RI) Apr 8 2013
Analysis of Offshore Wind Energy Leasing Areas for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Areas National Renewable Energy Laboratory Apr 1 2013
NRDC Public Comments Concerning the Block Island Wind Farm National Resource Defense Council Feb 5 2013
Governor's Letter to BOEM Concerning Rhode Island's Involvement in Auction State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation Jan 31 2013
Block Island Residents Association Opinion Poll Block Island Residents Association Dec 1 2012
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Leasing Area Proposed Sale Notice Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Dec 1 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix C Typical Construction Drawings Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix M-1 Magnetic Fields from Submarine Cables Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix D Sediment Profile and Plan View Imaging Report Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix M-2 EMF from Underground and Overhead Transmission Lines on Block Island Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix E-1 BIWF Marine Site Characterization Study Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix N In-Air Acoustic Report Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix E-2 BIWF Marine Site Characterization Study Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix O Pre-Construction Avian and Bat Survey Report Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix S-1 Visual Impact Assessment Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix E-3 BIWF Geotechnical Report Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix S-2 BITS Visual Impact Assessment Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012

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