On April 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Revolution Wind's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island. The following documents are available for your viewing.
The Notice of Intent initiated a 30-day public comment period. During the public comment period, BOEM hosted three virtual scoping meetings where the public learned more about the Construction and Operations Plan (COP), asked questions, and provided oral testimony.
BOEM’s scoping process is intended to help BOEM determine the important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures that should be analyzed in the EIS.
The three virtual meetings were held on the dates and times below.
- Thursday, May 13, 5:30 pm ET
- Tuesday, May 18, 5:30 pm ET
- Thursday, May 20, 1:00 pm ET
More information on the virtual scoping meetings is available here: https://www.boem.gov/Revolution-Wind-Scoping-Virtual-Meetings
Construction and Operations Plan
Revolution Wind submitted its COP on March 13, 2020. BOEM will review the COP and approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities.
If approved by BOEM, Revolution Wind would be allowed to construct and operate a wind energy facility between 704-880 megawatt (MW) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts within the OCS-A 0486 commercial lease area.
In response to BOEM recommendations, Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services, D.P.C. (EDR) produced a series of time-lapse videos that depict 18 hours of daytime and nighttime conditions under a variety of lighting conditions (including nighttime), cloud cover, and weather scenarios. In order to represent nighttime conditions, the aviation obstruction lights were animated to flash at a rate of 30 flashes per minute. As discussed in Appendix U3 (Visual Impact Assessment) of the COP, based on past flight data and the use of Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems (ADLS), the aviation obstruction lights associated with the project would only be activated for a total of approximately 3.5 hours over a one-year period. See Appendix U3 (Visual Impact Assessment) for a detailed analysis of the potential visibility of the proposed Project and differences in landscape visual quality with and without the Project in place.
Links to the video simulations provided below are also in Table 2.2-3 of Appendix U3 (Visual Impact Assessment). Note: If viewing on a computer monitor, use the highest screen resolution available. The simulation is at the proper perspective when viewed at a distance of approximately twice the image height.
- View from Aquinnah Overlook in Dukes County, Massachusetts. The proposed project is 13.9 miles from this location.
- View from North Light in Washington County, Rhode Island. The proposed project is 17.4 miles from this location.
- View from Moshup Beach in Dukes County, Massachusetts. The proposed project is 13.6 miles from this location.
- View from Sachuest Point NWR in Newport County, Rhode Island. The proposed project is 14.9 miles from this location.
Site Assessment Plan
On October 12, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0486. The SAP approval allows for the installation of an AXYS FLiDAR 6M™ meteorological buoy within the lease area. For additional information, please find the approved SAP and conditions of approval below:
The SAP was filed on April 1, 2016, with revisions filed in July, September, and November 2016. BOEM determined the SAP was complete on October 7, 2016. In October 2020, BOEM received an application to decommission the FLiDAR buoy within the OCS-A 0486 lease area. BOEM is reviewing the submitted decommissioning application and may approve, disapprove, or approve the decommissioning application with conditions.
On March 23, 2020, BOEM approved an application to assign a portion of commercial lease OCS-A 0486 from Deepwater Wind New England, LLC to Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC, which resulted in segregation of the lease and a new lease number OCS-A 0517. The remaining portion of the OCS-A 0486 area was assigned to DWW Rev I, LLC on March 24, 2020. The approved assignment forms are available below.
Note: For commercial lease OCS-A 0486, DWW Rev I, LLC subsequently changed their name to Revolution Wind, LLC. For commercial lease OCS-A 0517, Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC subsequently changed their name to South Fork Wind, LLC. More information on the South Fork Wind Farm project can be found here: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/south-fork