Rhode Island & Connecticut’s 704 MW Revolution Wind achieves first ‘steel in the water’

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The 704-megawatt (M) Revolution Wind, Rhode Island and Connecticut’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm, just hit a major milestone.

Revolution Wind’s site is more than 15 miles south of Rhode Island and 32 miles southeast of Connecticut. The first multi-state offshore wind project is a 50/50 partnership between offshore wind giant Ørsted and New England energy provider Eversource.

“America’s offshore wind industry is scaling up, and the first steel in the water at Revolution Wind is a tremendous milestone for Rhode Island and Connecticut’s clean energy journey,” said David Hardy, group EVP and CEO Americas at Ørsted.

During the offshore construction phase, a variety of vessels will be active at the site, including construction and transport barges, cable installation vessels, tugboats, supply and support vessels, and protected species observer monitor vessels. Simultaneously, onshore construction is underway on Revolution Wind’s transmission system in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

In New London, Connecticut, the first turbine components have started to arrive at State Pier, the project’s staging and marshaling port, where they will be assembled by local union labor.

In Rhode Island, crews in Providence are readying for loadout of advanced foundation components built by local union labor at Ørsted and Eversource’s construction hub at ProvPort. Revolution Wind’s crew helicopters and Rhode Island-built crew transfer vessels are based out of Quonset Point.

When it comes online in 2025, Revolution Wind will generate 400 MW of clean power for Rhode Island and 304 MW for Connecticut. Combined, that’s enough clean power for more than 350,000 homes across both states. It will displace nearly 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of taking more than 200,000 cars off the road.

Last weekend, the US offshore wind supply chain marked another major milestone with the christening of the ECO EDISON, the first-ever American-built, owned, and crewed offshore wind service operations vessel. Constructed by over 600 workers across shipyards in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, with components sourced from 34 states, the ECO EDISON will play a crucial role in operating and maintaining Ørsted and Eversource’s offshore wind projects in the Northeast, including Revolution Wind.

Rhode Island has set a goal of achieving 100% clean electricity by 2030, and Connecticut has set a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2040.

Read more: 2023 was a record year for wind power growth – in numbers


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