New wind farm in development between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard

The new wind farm could contain up to 100 wind turbines, and would produce 350,000 homes’ worth of power in RI and CT.

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QUONSET, R.I. (WLNE) – A new wind farm 15 miles off the Rhode Island coast, between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, could become home to up to 100 new wind turbines in the next few years.

Kellen Ingalls with the company Orsted says, “Revolution Wind will produce enough clean energy to power 350,000 homes and displace, by eliminating future emissions, more than 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon pollution.”

The farm would connect to the power grid through a transmission line at Quonset Industrial Park in North Kingstown, and provide power to both Rhode Island and Connecticut.  It’s a partnership between the power company Eversource, and Orsted, the company that owns and operates the Block Island Wind Farm.

Ingalls says, “Both Rhode Island and Connecticut have ambitious clean energy goals that are essential to combating climate change.”

The two companies began holding online public information sessions Wednesday afternoon, answering questions from the public about job creation, awarding contracts to local companies, and the fishing and boating industries.  The turbines will be spaced in a one mile by one mile grid.

Ingalls says, “That spacing is consistent with requests from members of the fishing community and other maritime stakeholders.”

They’ll also be making $40,000,000 dollars worth of infrastructure investments in ProvPort and Quonset.  Construction could begin as soon as 2023

Ingalls says, “So that’ll position both states as offshore wind leaders, and it’ll launch the region’s next great maritime industry.”

They’ll hold another session Thursday evening and the videos are available for the public to watch anytime.

Visit their website for more information: revolution-wind.com/

Late Correction: The original version of this story stated that up to 50 wind turbines would be built as part of the Revolution Wind project, based on original communication from a company spokesperson.  That company spokesperson has since corrected the total number of potential turbines from 50 to 100.

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