U.S. Announces Environmental Review of Revolution Wind Project Off Rhode Island
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced an environmental review and public comment period for the proposed Revolution Wind offshore wind project offshore Rhode Island.
Revolution Wind’s project scope involves the construction and operation of up to 880 MW of offshore wind capacity consisting of 100 turbines, up to two offshore substations and up to two export cables, along with associated foundations. The project will be located in federal waters approximately 17.4 nautical miles south of Rhode Island and is a 50/50 joint venture by Ørsted and New England-based Eversource Energy.
BOEM on Monday announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP). The publication of the NOI opens a 30-day public comment period, during which BOEM plans to hold three virtual public scoping meetings and accept public comments.
“Public input plays an essential role in identifying and mitigating any potential impacts from proposed energy development activities,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “BOEM is committed to ensuring that any future offshore wind development is done safely and responsibly, and with the benefit of feedback from critical stakeholders.”
If approved, the Revolution Wind project could directly create 1,200 jobs in Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as thousands of induced jobs, according to BOEM.
The Revolution Wind export cable would make landfall at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Islan and provide renewable energy to customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The project also includes the re-development of the New London State Pier in Connecticut into a heavy-lift cargo and deep-water port.
The Biden Administration has a set a goal of 30GW of installed offshore wind power by 2030, which is anticipated to create nearly 80,000 jobs.
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