BOEM preps for Revolution Wind environmental review

In: Windfarms
29/04/2021

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by 
Revolution Wind, LLC (Revolution Wind).

If approved by BOEM, Revolution Wind would be allowed to construct and operate an 880 MW wind energy facility offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The publication of the NOI opens a 30-day public comment period. During this time, BOEM will hold three virtual public scoping meetings and accept comments to inform the preparation of the EIS. 

“Public input plays an essential role in identifying and mitigating any potential impacts from proposed energy development activities,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “BOEM is committed to ensuring that any future offshore wind development is done safely and responsibly, and with the benefit of feedback from critical stakeholders.” 

 
BOEM’s scoping process is intended to identify what should be considered in the Revolution Wind COP EIS. Throughout the scoping process, there will be multiple opportunities for external parties to help BOEM determine the important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives and potential mitigating measures that should be analysed in the EIS. A 30-day public comment period extends through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 1, 2021.


The project would include the construction and operation of an offshore wind project with a total capacity of up to 880 MW. It would consist of installation of up to 100 turbines, up to two offshore substations and up to two export cables, monopile foundations for turbines, and monopile and jacket foundations for the offshore substations.


The 
Revolution Wind project would be in federal waters approximately 17.4 nautical miles (20 statute miles) south of Rhode Island. The export cable would make landfall at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and would interconnect to the electric transmission system via the existing Davisville Substation, which is owned and operated by National Grid, located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. 



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