Published: 11 October 2011 11 October 2011
Deepwater Wind has officially submitted its plan to develop a utility-scale offshore wind farm off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts (USA), in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)’s Call for Information and Nominations for offshore wind energy projects in the federal ocean waters off southern New England.
Deepwater Wind’s project, the Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC), will have a capacity of approximately 1,000MW. DWEC will be sited in the deep ocean waters of southern Rhode Island Sound. Construction is planned to begin in 2014 or 2015, with the first wind turbines in operation by the end of 2016 or 2017. Deepwater Wind is also developing a regional offshore transmission network, the New England-Long Island Interconnector (NELI), connecting DWEC to southern New England and eastern Long Island. NELI will allow the wind farm to send power to multiple states in the region. Deepwater Wind plans to market power from DWEC to several states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut.