Rhode Island leaders want ‘bold’ commitment to offshore wind

Mar 23, 2022, 9:24 AM | Updated: 11:02 am
FILE - Three of Deepwater Wind's five turbines stand in the water, Aug. 15, 2016, off Block Island,...

FILE - Three of Deepwater Wind's five turbines stand in the water, Aug. 15, 2016, off Block Island, R.I. Rhode Island's Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said Wednesday, March 23, 2022, that expanding the state's offshore wind resources will further position Rhode Island "as the North American hub" for the industry. The first U.S. offshore wind farm opened off Block Island in 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Rhode Island leaders want offshore wind to supply more of the state’s power in order to cement its position as a hub for the industry, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set an example for other states looking to stave off the worst effects of a warming planet.

The General Assembly is considering Democratic Gov. Dan McKee’s proposal for procuring an additional 600 megawatts of offshore wind, enough to power about 340,000 homes annually.

McKee said Wednesday that expanding the state’s offshore wind resources will further position Rhode Island “as the North American hub” for the industry. The first U.S. offshore wind farm opened off Block Island, Rhode Island in 2016.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praised Rhode Island for its role in developing offshore wind when she visited the Port of Providence in December. The Biden administration wants to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes.

State Sen. Dawn Euer, a Newport Democrat, sponsored legislation in the Rhode Island Senate to issue a request for proposals for 600 megawatts of newly-developed offshore wind capacity no later than Aug. 15. She said Wednesday that with a “strong and bold” procurement, the state can continue to lead the conversation about offshore wind development.

“We’re doing it responsibly, we’re doing it sustainably and we’re doing it aggressively,” said Euer, who leads the Senate’s environment and agriculture committee.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo signed an executive order when she was Rhode Island’s governor in 2020 that set a goal for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2030. Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio introduced a bill in February that would write that goal into law, accelerate current plans and outline the path forward.

And the state’s Act on Climate, signed by McKee last year, sets mandatory emissions reduction goals, culminating in net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050, which means the amount of greenhouse gases produced is no more than the amount removed from the atmosphere.

“There’s an urgency here in Rhode Island to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy,” Rhode Island Energy Commissioner Nicholas Ucci said Wednesday. “Offshore wind happens to be a resource that’s located very close to home, can be developed at great scale and can provide very well-priced energy.”

Rhode Island already gets 30 megawatts of power through the wind farm off Block Island and plans to buy 400 megawatts through the Revolution Wind project, a planned offshore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to provide power for Connecticut and Rhode Island. Adding another 600 megawatts more would supply roughly half of the power the state projects it needs in 2030, Ucci said.

Ucci added that the more renewable resources that come online, the more it displaces the entire region’s reliance of fossil fuels since Rhode Island is part of New England’s regional grid. Democratic Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos said Rhode Island is setting an example for the rest of the nation by developing offshore wind to help cut greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero.”

McKee planned to meet with state lawmakers and agency leaders at the Port of Providence Wednesday to bring attention to the proposal.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Chegg, Bed Bath & Beyond fall; Hertz, Activision rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Tuesday: Activision Blizzard Inc., up $4.02 to $75.60. The maker of “Call of Duty” and other video games reported strong fourth-quarter financial results. Skyworks Solutions Inc., up $13.69 to $122.97. The chipmaker announced a $2 billion stock buyback plan. Royal Caribbean Group, […]
15 hours ago
This photo provided by Rakuten Rewards shows Alicia Silverstone in a scene from Rakuten Rewards 202...
Associated Press

Will Ferrell, Alicia Silverstone star in Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest, glitziest stage. Big name advertisers from Netflix to Google are paying as much as $7 million for a 30-second spot during the big game on Sunday, in order to capture the attention of the roughly 100 million viewers who tune in each year. In order […]
15 hours ago
This photo provided by Bud Light shows a scene from Bud Light 2023 Super Bowl NFL football spot. Bi...
Associated Press

Will Ferrell, Alicia Silverstone star in Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest, glitziest stage. Big name advertisers from Netflix to Google are paying as much as $7 million for a 30-second spot during the big game on Sunday, in order to capture the attention of the roughly 100 million viewers who tune in each year. In order […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Singer Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during their 2023 tour on Wednesday, ...
Associated Press

After ticket flap, Springsteen’s fan magazine shutting down

NEW YORK (AP) — A magazine and website that has served Bruce Springsteen’s fans for 43 years is shutting down, with its publisher writing that he’s been disillusioned by the debate over ticket prices for their hero’s current tour. Backstreets had been an unusually robust publication that imposed journalistic rigor on its writing and photography, […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Singer Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during their 2023 tour on Wednesday, ...
Associated Press

After ticket flap, Springsteen’s fan magazine shutting down

NEW YORK (AP) — A magazine and website that has served Bruce Springsteen’s fans for 43 years is shutting down, with its publisher writing that he’s been disillusioned by the debate over ticket prices for their hero’s current tour. Backstreets had been an unusually robust publication that imposed journalistic rigor on its writing and photography, […]
15 hours ago
FILE - A display panel advertises tickets for a Powerball drawing at a convenience store, Nov. 7, 2...
Associated Press

Lucky player in Seattle suburb wins $754.6M Powerball prize

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — A single winning ticket for a $754.6 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a department store in a Seattle suburb, Washington state lottery officials said Tuesday. The winning numbers drawn Monday night were 5, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 7. The winning ticket was bought Sunday at a Fred […]
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Rhode Island leaders want ‘bold’ commitment to offshore wind