RI’s second offshore wind farm expected to create 800+ jobs

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A multimillion dollar investment into Rhode Island’s planned second offshore wind farm will position the state to be a major construction hub in the growing industry, according to officials.

At a press conference Wednesday, Providence-based Deepwater Wind announced it will invest $250-million locally on the Revolution Wind project, including $40-million for ProvPort and Quonset. The billion-dollar, privately-funded project is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs, 50 permanent jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs.

Officials estimate the project will create 400 megawatts of energy a year – enough to power 200,000 homes, or roughly half of Rhode Island.

Deepwater Wind is also behind Block Island’s first-in-the-nation offshore wind farm. The Revolution Wind Project will have as many as 50 turbines roughly halfway between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. .

"It’s really an industry that’s being born in America and it’s happening here in Rhode Island," said Governor Gina Raimondo. “We’re the first.”

Deepwater Wind is still negotiating with National Grid what consumers’ utility rates will be, but CEO Jeffrey Grybowski told reporters it will be just a fraction of Block Island’s rates, in part because there will be five times the amount of turbines. "The technology is just advancing rapidly,” he said. “The turbines are bigger, they’re more efficient, and that efficiency allows us to drop the cost dramatically."

Construction is expected to begin as early as 2020, with the project potentially in operation by 2023. Grybowski says the wind energy will displace about 650,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

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