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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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State Resources

Title Source/Sponsor Datesort ascending
2018 Massachusetts Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment Massachusetts Clean Energy Center May 1 2018
Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization Report NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance Nov 2 2017
U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind Report NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance Nov 2 2017
U.S. Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Study NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance Nov 2 2017
North Atlantic Right Whale Occurrence in Offshore WEAs near MA and RI Endangered Species Research Jul 28 2017
Will Communities "open-up" to Offshore Wind? Energy Research & Social Science Jun 29 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Letter to BOEM Regarding the NY Wind Energy Area State of Rhode Island Mar 2 2017
BOEM Contracts for Tourism Study on Block Island Wind Farm BOEM Feb 2 2017
Marine Wildlife Survey Results from BOEM and MassCEC Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center Oct 25 2016
Rhode Island Stakeholder Concerns Regarding the New York Wind Energy Area Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Jul 22 2016
Rhode Island H.B.7413 Rhode Island General Assembly Jan 29 2016
Complaint in Superior Court against the Block Island Wind Farm Rhode Island Superior Court Jul 11 2014
Modification to Block Island Transmission System Deepwater Wind May 31 2014
Review of Proposed Purchase of Assets of Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC La Capra Associates Mar 28 2014
Fact Sheet on Turbines for Block Island Wind Farm Alstom Jan 1 2014
Study on Suitable Harbors for Offshore Wind Traffic Clarendon Hill Consulting Oct 1 2013
Lease Auction Results Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jul 31 2013
Response to Comments and Explanation of Changes to Sale Notice Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jul 25 2013
Economic Impact of Offshore Wind in Rhode Island Deepwater Wind Jul 9 2013
Legal Process and Lessons from the Cape Wind Project Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal Jul 1 2013
Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England New England Clean Energy Council Jun 1 2013
Final Sale Notice of Wind Energy Area Leases Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jun 1 2013
Block Island Wind Farm Project Permit Press Release Deepwater Wind May 8 2013
A Legal and Policy-Based Evaluation of the Block Island Wind Farm and the Legislation that Saved it Connecticut Law Review May 1 2013
Letter to the Editor Criticizing Block Island Wind Farm The Energy Council of Rhode Island (TEC-RI) Apr 8 2013
Analysis of Offshore Wind Energy Leasing Areas for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Areas National Renewable Energy Laboratory Apr 1 2013
NRDC Public Comments Concerning the Block Island Wind Farm National Resource Defense Council Feb 5 2013
Governor's Letter to BOEM Concerning Rhode Island's Involvement in Auction State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation Jan 31 2013
Block Island Residents Association Opinion Poll Block Island Residents Association Dec 1 2012
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Leasing Area Proposed Sale Notice Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Dec 1 2012