Rhode Island seeks up to 400MW of renewables

In: Windfarms
At the direction of Governor Gina M. Raimondo, a competitive request for proposals (RFP) will be issued this week to procure up to 400 MW of affordable renewable energy resources for Rhode Island consumers. National Grid developed the RFP in coordination with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) and Division of Public Utilities & Carriers (DPUC).

Renewable energy resources greater than 20MW in size, including such technologies as solar, offshore wind, and onshore wind, will be eligible to participate in the RFP.

Competitive project developers must submit their bids by October 29, 2018 at noon. Qualified bids will be thoroughly evaluated, with independent oversight by the Office of Energy Resources and Division of Public Utilities & Carriers.

"I have set an ambitious goal of making Rhode Island's energy system ten times cleaner in an affordable and reliable manner, and we're well on our way,"
said Governor Raimondo. "Our commitment to combating climate change is as strong as ever. Along with the recently announced 400 MW Deepwater Wind offshore wind project, this administration is working hard to secure new and diverse supplies of cost-effective clean energy for Rhode Island homes and businesses, reduce our carbon footprint, and spur other benefits for our economy."

The Public Utilities Commission must review and approve selected projects before any contracts are executed. These proceedings, which will include opportunities for public comment, will be accessible to the public and interested stakeholders.

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