Offshore wind farm planned for Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Deepwater Wind submitted its plan to the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop a 1,000 MW offshore wind project off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The Deepwater Wind Energy Center is expected to site 200 wind turbines in the waters of southern Rhode Island Sound. Construction is planned for 2014 or 2015, with operation expected by 2016 or 2017.

Deepwater Wind previously filed an unsolicited nomination to Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to lease the ocean site where it plans to locate DWEC. Deepwater Wind is also developing a regional offshore transmission network, the New England-Long Island Interconnector, which would connect the project to southern New England and eastern Long Island.

Deepwater Wind will base its manufacturing and construction operations at Quonset Point in Rhode Island. The company is also exploring port and other facilities in Massachusetts to compliment its Quonset base.

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