America’s first offshore wind farm off the shores of Rhode Island is one step closer to completion. Only one tower section remains to be mounted on the Block Island Wind project before final cabling is finished.
National Grid completed the installation of the sea2shore submarine cable connection in June. The GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines are halfway to the Block Island Wind project, where they will be installed.
The Network is also thrilled that the Massachusetts House and Senate passed Bill H.4568, the largest U.S. offshore wind bill in history.
The legislation directs electricity distribution companies to solicit proposals for offshore wind energy generation from offshore wind developers and enter into contracts for up to 1,600 MW. It also marks the start of the U.S. Pipeline, and will now go to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature.
This is the first legislation of its kind that includes a specific carve-out for offshore wind at a scale necessary to create a viable market in the United States. The bill requires big utilities to buy up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy.
To learn more about connecting to the U.S. offshore wind pipeline, consider attending the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum. Learn more here.