Connecticut and Rhode Island project would be fourth U.S. project approved for construction, bolstering domestic supply chain
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2023
Media Contact: Luke Jeanfreau | [email protected] | 504-444-3766
BALTIMORE — TheO, the leading organization working to accelerate offshore wind energy deployment and build a dedicated domestic supply chain, celebrates today’s announcement that the nation’s fourth commercial scale offshore wind project passed a major regulatory milestone and now sits one month away from construction approval.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Ørsted and Eversource’s Revolution Wind project off the coast of Rhode Island. Based off the findings of the FEIS, BOEM will issue its final Record of Decision (ROD) after 30 days with a final decision on the project’s environmental approval to begin construction. Revolution Wind is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 300,000 homes and has already secured offtake agreements to deliver 304 MW of offshore wind generation to Connecticut and 400 MW to Rhode Island. If approved, Revolution Wind would be the fourth commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project to receive final environmental approval under the Biden-Harris administration. Vineyard Wind, South Fork Wind, and Ocean Wind 1 have received RODs for their projects, two of which began installation in Q2 of 2023.
The following statement can be attributed to Liz Burdock, founder and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind:
“We are excited for Revolution Wind to move past this important milestone in the regulatory process, which will continue building momentum in the U.S. market and begin providing clean, affordable electricity to communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Additionally, this action by BOEM secures investments in component production at ProvPort of Providence, Rhode Island, cable manufacturing in South Carolina, and shipbuilding in Texas, solidifying the manufacturing base that will be key to the buildout of the U.S. industry. The Network applauds BOEM for its efforts to consistently move projects through the regulatory pipeline while still ensuring offshore wind is developed in an environmentally responsible manner.”
- BOEM Revolution Wind Activity Page
- BOEM Completes Environmental Analysis for Proposed Wind Project Offshore Rhode Island
For more information or to arrange an interview with the Network, contact Luke Jeanfreau at [email protected] or 504-444-3766.
As a non-profit organization, the Oceantic Network’s driving purpose is to inform, coordinate, and mobilize human ingenuity, enterprise, and labor to take advantage of the urgent need to tap the vast offshore wind and renewable energy resources that lie in the world’s oceans. The collective, coordinated efforts of our 600+ members equip communities and nations to accelerate the transition to clean energy and create economic opportunities.