Rhode Island for Offshore Wind
The country’s first offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, Rhode Island, in 2016. Rhode Island also committed to purchase 400 MW of offshore wind from the proposed Revolution Wind Farm between Montauk, New York and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Rhode Island’s offshore wind industry is expected to support 5,000 jobs and Governor Raimondo pledged to attract $100 million in new research and development investment to Rhode Island to establish the state as a national hub for offshore wind technology. Two UK-based turbine service companies, GEV Wind Power and Boston Energy, are planning to lease offices in Rhode Island and hire 177 positions combined full-time over the next four years, with others expected to join.
In her State of the State address on January 14, 2020 Governor Raimondo announced that she would sign an executive order increasing the state’s renewable energy resources, stating that in a few years “we’ll have enough offshore wind energy to power half of the homes in Rhode Island.”
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