Rhode Island Activities

What's New?

On October 17, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior announced BOEM will publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC. If approved, the COP would allow construction and operation of up to 15 turbines that connect via a transmission cable to a grid in East Hampton, New York - the east end of Long Island. The project is approximately 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. To learn more, go here: boem.gov/South-Fork.

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Overview

There are two general efforts underway in and around the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area. For more information about the planning and environmental review process for these efforts, click on the links below.

Environmental Studies

BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit: http://www.boem.gov/Rhode-Island-Environmental-Studies/

Task Force Meetings/Public Information Meetings

BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities offshore Rhode Island with its federal, state, local, and tribal government partners through its Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. BOEM also coordinates public information meetings to help keep interested stakeholders updated on major renewable energy milestones. To obtain information discussed during these meetings click on the links below.

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