McKee announces program to train offshore wind workers
LINCOLN, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee announced a program to train offshore wind workers on Wednesday.
The governor was joined by Ørsted and Eversource to share the details of the “major new investment” towards careers in the field. McKee said that $1 million from the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project will go towards funding the program.
Workers that are a part of the new program will be trained in first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at heights, and sea survival.
“Rhode Island has momentum, and that is evident by this major workforce development initiative – it is a true collaboration between higher education, labor, and the workforce,” McKee said.
The companies will partner with the Ocean State to deliver clean and reliable energy to over 1 million homes.
“Revolution Wind is set to play a central role in helping Rhode Island reach its ambitious goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2033 and further position the state – the birthplace of offshore wind in the U.S. – as a major hub for this growing industry,” the governor’s office wrote in a release.