RI - BOEM to prepare EIS for Revolution Wind project offshore Rhode Island
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced in the Federal Register Friday its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Revolution Wind LLC. Revolution Wind is a 704-MW offshore wind farm owned by Ørsted and Eversource.
Revolution Wind's COP proposes the construction and operation of a wind energy facility 15 miles offshore Rhode Island with export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in North Kingstown, R.I. This notice of intent (NOI) announces the EIS scoping process for the Revolution Wind COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM’s website at: www.boem.gov/Revolution-Wind.
Comments received by June 1 will be considered. BOEM will hold virtual public scoping meetings for the Revolution Wind EIS on May 13 at 5:30 p.m.; May 18 at 5:30 p.m.; and May 20 at 1:00 p.m.
The goal of Revolution Wind is to develop a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy facility with up to 100 wind turbine generators, inter-array cables, up to two offshore substations, and two transmission cables making landfall in North Kingstown. The project would contribute to Connecticut’s mandate of 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030.
Furthermore, Revolution Wind’s goal to construct and operate a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy facility is intended to fulfill three power purchase agreements (PPAs): (1) A 200–MW contract with the state of Connecticut approved in January 2019; (2) a 400– MW contract with the state of Rhode Island approved in June 2019; and (3) a 104–MW contract with the state of Connecticut approved in December 2019.