Rhode Island's 600 MW bill passes Senate

The Rhode Island State Senate has approved a bill that will see 600 MW of offshore wind solicited in state or federal waters. The bill is now passing to the House of Representatives.

Under the bill, state utility Rhode Island Energy will solicit 600 MW of offshore wind by 15th October 2022. In previous drafts, the deadline had been set for 15th August. Other changes to the bill have included removing an incentive for ratepayers and granting greater authority to the Public Utilities Commission to decide on contractual matters disputed between the developer and the utility.

“When we enacted the Act on Climate last year, Rhode Island made a historically firm, enforceable commitment to rapidly adopt renewable energy and get serious about our climate obligations. Projects like the one we’re seeking with this legislation are an important part of our energy future. I’m glad to see the level of support there is for a major project like this one, because it will be a major step toward responsibly developed renewable energy in Rhode Island,”
said Senator Dawn Euer.

The legislation includes public transparency rules, and requires applicants to comply with labour standards. It also requires them to provide information on any potential environmental impacts, via an environment and fisheries mitigation plan, and to estimate local economic benefits.

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