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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Offshore Rhode Island- Notice of Determination of No Competitive Interest (DNCI) for Proposed Right-of-Way (ROW) Grant Area, Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System (BITS) [Docket No. BOEM-2012-0068] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Aug 7 2012
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
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Notice of the Availability (NOA) of an Environmental Assessment (EA) [Docket No. BOEM-2012-0048] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Jul 3 2012
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Jun 29 2012
Notice of Proposed Grant Area and Request for Competitive Interest (RFCI) Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System [Docket No. BOEM 2012-0009] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) May 23 2012
Proposed Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System (BITS) Right of Way US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) May 22 2012
Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Energy Projects Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws Section 39-26.1 et seq. National Grid Mar 1 2012
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Rhode Island Renewable Energy Task Force Webinar US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Mar 1 2012
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Announcement of Area Identification US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Feb 24 2012
Rhode Island & Massachusetts Area Identification- Wind Energy Area (WEA) (with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Chart background) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Feb 22 2012
Rhode Island & Massachusetts Area Identification- Wind Energy Area (WEA) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Feb 22 2012
Wind Energy Planning Areas- Massachusetts to Virginia US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Feb 10 2012
Advancing Ocean Planning in the Northeast Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) Jan 27 2012
In Re: Amended Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Between National Grid and Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC- Request for Approval of Waiver [Docket No. 4185-A] Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Jan 24 2012
Renewable Resource Supply Curve Report New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) Jan 19 2012
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Call for Information and Nominations (Call) [Docket No. BOEM-2011-0049] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Oct 11 2011
Rhode Island- Massachusetts Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) for Commercial Wind Development- Call for Information and Nomination (CFI) and Notice of Intent (NOA) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Sep 20 2011
Rhode Island- Massachusetts Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) for Commercial Wind Development- Call for Information and Nomination (CFI) and Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Sep 19 2011
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Call for Information and Nominations (Call) [Docket No. BOEM–2011–0049] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Aug 18 2011
Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts- Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) [Docket No. BOEM–2011–0063] US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Aug 18 2011
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Call Area US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Aug 17 2011
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Call Area (with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Chart background) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Aug 17 2011
A Resolution Endorsing the Continued Investigation into the Potential for Coordinated Regional Renewable Power Procurement New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 11 2011
In Re: Review of Proposed Deepwater Wind Block Island Project [Docket No. 2010-273-M.P. (4185)] Rhode Island Supreme Court Jul 1 2011
Offshore Renewable Energy Program: Information Meetings US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Jun 9 2011
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)- RI/MA Renewable Energy Task Force- Teleconference US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Jun 3 2011
Rhode Island Information Meetings US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) May 3 2011
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)- RI/MA Renewable Energy Task Force- Welcome & Introductions US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) May 2 2011
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)- RI/MA Joint Task Force Meeting Attendance List US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) May 2 2011
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)- RI/MA Renewable EnergyTask Force- Next Steps: BOEMRE Environmental Review Process US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) May 2 2011

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