New England - BOEM to start environmental review of proposed wind farm off Massachusetts, Rhode Island coast
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday it is about to open a 30-day public comment period for an offshore wind farm, Revolution Wind, planned for waters south of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
This comment period kicks off the environmental review of the project. If BOEM approves it, Revolution Wind would be allowed to construct and operate an 880-megawatt (MW) wind energy facility. The Vineyard Wind project is slated to be 800 MW.
BOEM will hold three virtual public meetings and accept comments to inform the preparation of the environmental impact statement.
“Public input plays an essential role in identifying and mitigating any potential impacts from proposed energy development activities,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton in a statement. “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.”
The Biden-Harris administration has set a target of 30 gigawatts (or 30,000 MW) of installed offshore wind energy by 2030. 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.