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 Renewable Energy Leasing: Rhode Island US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Mar 15 2011
Unsolicited Lease Request Areas Within the Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Dec 10 2010
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)- MA/RI Joint Task Force Meeting Attendance List US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Dec 10 2010
Final Report: New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS) Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Dec 5 2010
Final Report: New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS)- Executive Summary Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Dec 5 2010
Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) 2010-2012 Priority Issue Area Work Plans Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) Dec 2 2010
Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP)- Volume 1 Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Oct 9 2010
Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP)- Volume 2 Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Oct 9 2010
Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP)- Chapter 8: Renewable Energy and Other Offshore Development Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Oct 9 2010
In Re: Review of Amended Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Between National Grid and Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC- Report and Order [Docket No. 4185] Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Aug 16 2010
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Governor Donald Carcieri Jul 26 2010
Advisory Opinion on the Economic Development Benefits of the Proposed Block Island Wind Farm Rhode Island Economic Development Council (RIEDC) Jul 20 2010
Report to the New England Governors on Coordinated Renewable Procurement New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 12 2010
Review of Amended Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Between National Grid and Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC [Docket No. 4185] National Grid; Deepwater Wind Jun 30 2010
Title 39 Public Utilities and Carriers Chapter 39-26.1 Long-Term Contracting Standard for Renewable Energy Section 39-26.1-7 Rhode Island Legislature Jun 15 2010
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the US Department of Interior (DOI) and Atlantic Coast States to Create an Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium US Department of Interior (DOI); States of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina Jun 8 2010
In Re: Review of Proposed Deepwater Wind Block Island Project- Errata Order [Docket No. 4111] Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Apr 5 2010
In Re: Review of Proposed Deepwater Wind Block Island Project- Report and Order [Docket No. 4111] Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Apr 2 2010
Great Expectations: U.S. Wind Energy Development Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Mar 1 2010
New England 2030 Power System Study/2009 Economic Study: Scenario Analysis of Renewable Resource Development- Report to the New England Governors New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) Feb 26 2010
A Roadmap for Advancing the Green Economy in Rhode Island Rhode Island Economic Development Council (RIEDC) Feb 9 2010
Rules and Regulations Governing the Review of a Utility Scale Offshore Wind Project As Described in R.I.G.L. section 39-26.1-8 [Docket No. 4139] Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Jan 21 2010
Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Between National Grid and Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC [Docket No. 4111] National Grid; Deepwater Wind Dec 10 2009
Request for Interest (RFI) in Renewable Energy Leasing Offshore Rhode Island US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Nov 17 2009
Minerals Management Service (MMS) Rhode Island Task Force Meeting Attendance List US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Nov 17 2009
Minerals Management Service (MMS) Rhode Island Task Force Meeting- Renewable Energy Uses of the Outer Continental Shelf US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Nov 17 2009
Overview of Minerals Management Service (MMS) Leasing Process- MMS Rhode Island Task Force US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Nov 17 2009
Technical Requirements for Wind Generation Interconnection and Integration Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Nov 3 2009
New England Governors' Renewable Energy Blueprint New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Sep 15 2009
Title 39 Public Utilities and Carriers Chapter 39-26.1 Long-Term Contracting Standard for Renewable Energy Section 39-26.1-8 Rhode Island Legislature Jun 26 2009

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