Rhode Island

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Rhode Island’s offshore wind potential is over 25.6 GW, according to data from NREL. In early November, 2016, Deepwater WInd’s 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm began operations in anticipation of running at full capacity by late November. This is the nation’s first offshore wind farm. It is comprised of five turbines mounted to the Gulf Coast-manufactured foundations. 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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State Resources

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2018 Massachusetts Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment Massachusetts Clean Energy Center May 1 2018
A Legal and Policy-Based Evaluation of the Block Island Wind Farm and the Legislation that Saved it Connecticut Law Review May 1 2013
A Resolution Directing the New England State Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) to Implement a Work Plan for the Competitive Coordinated Procurement of Regional Renewable Power New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 30 2012
A Resolution Endorsing the Continued Investigation into the Potential for Coordinated Regional Renewable Power Procurement New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 11 2011
A Roadmap for Advancing the Green Economy in Rhode Island Rhode Island Economic Development Council (RIEDC) Feb 9 2010
Advancing Ocean Planning in the Northeast Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) Jan 27 2012
Advisory Opinion on the Economic Development Benefits of the Proposed Block Island Wind Farm Rhode Island Economic Development Council (RIEDC) Jul 20 2010
Analysis of Offshore Wind Energy Leasing Areas for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Areas National Renewable Energy Laboratory Apr 1 2013
Block Island Residents Association Opinion Poll Block Island Residents Association Dec 1 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP) Deepwater Wind Sep 7 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix A Agency Correspondence Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix B-1 Block Island Preliminary Project Design Plans Deepwater Wind Sep 27 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 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 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 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 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 E-4 BIWF Marine Geophysical Landfall Survey Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix E-5 BITS Marine Geophysical Landfall Survey Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix F-1 Benthic Resources Survey Reports Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix F-2 Benthic Intertidal Survey Reports Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix G Sediment Survey and Analysis Report Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix H-1 Sediment Transport Analyses Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix H-2 Sediment Transport Supplemental Analysis of Nearshore Cable Installation Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix I Draft Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix J-2 BITS Alternative 1 Narragansett Report of Findings for Freshwater Wetlands Delineations Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix K Air Emissions Analysis Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012
Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix L Eelgrass and Seafloor Condition 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 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 M-2 EMF from Underground and Overhead Transmission Lines on Block Island Deepwater Wind Sep 27 2012

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