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Wind turbines at Orsted's Block Island wind farm off Rhode Island, one of two commercial offshore wind farms in the United States. Credit: PennyJack Creative/Shutterstock

Biden Administration Advances Rhode Island Offshore Wind Project

Mike Schuler
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July 17, 2023

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental analysis of the proposed Revolution Wind Farm Project offshore Rhode Island.

The project proposes to construct up to 100 wind turbines capable of generating up to 880 megawatts, enough to provide an estimated 300,000 homes with clean renewable energy.

If approved, Revolution Wind would be the fourth commercial-scale offshore wind project located on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf approved by the Biden Administration.

BOEM’s Revolution Wind Farm Project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed activities and is available on their website. In developing the Final EIS, BOEM considered feedback from stakeholders and developed a preferred alternative that includes fewer turbines, allows for ocean co-use, and meets the energy needs of Rhode Island.

“BOEM used the feedback we received from Tribal Nations, industry, ocean users, communities, and stakeholders to help inform our decisions throughout the environmental review process and ensure that we are addressing potential impacts,” said BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein. “This milestone represents another important step forward in building a new clean energy economy here in the United States.”

Earlier this month, BOEM approved the construction and operation plan for the Ocean Wind 1 project off the coast of New Jersey, which is expected to generate 1,100 MW of clean energy, power over 380,000 homes, and create over 3,000 jobs. This marked the third commercial-scale offshore wind energy project to be approved in U.S. federal waters under the Biden Administration, joining the Vineyard Wind project and the South Fork Wind project, which are currently under construction.

The Biden Administration has set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030.

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