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March 14, 2023

Eversource, Ørsted eye new 884MW offshore wind farm in New England

Photo | Wikimedia Commons Ørsted North America's Block Island offshore wind farm.

Utility giant Eversource and Danish power company Ørsted announced they have submitted a joint proposal to build a second large-scale wind farm in Rhode Island. 

The proposed 884-megawatt Revolution Wind 2 project would provide power for more than 500,000 Rhode Island homes and represents more than $2 billion in direct economic impact to the Ocean State, the companies said. 

The project is in response to Rhode Island’s offshore wind solicitation and will lead to creation of hundreds of local jobs and significant investments in port improvements and shipbuilding, the companies said. 

The carbon emissions achieved by Revolution Wind 2 would be the equivalent of taking more than 265,000 cars off New England roads, the companies said. 

The bid comes even as Eversource continues to weigh its options to sell its 50% stake in its original Revolution Wind farm project that aims provide Connecticut 304 MW of clean energy and 704M overall. That project -- to be located more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and 32 miles southeast of the Connecticut coast -- also involves the redevelopment of the New London State Pier into a heavy-lift cargo and deep-water port with easy access to offshore wind lease areas. 

Revolution Wind has faced criticisms because of cost overruns on the State Pier redevelopment. 

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