Rhode Island will open a competitive request for proposals to procure up to 600 MW of new offshore wind, Governor Gina Raimondo, D, said Tuesday.
In January, Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-01 with a target of meeting 100% of Rhode Island's electricity demand with renewable energy by 2030, the earliest such state target in the country. The 600 MW of offshore wind when combined with existing commitments, would allow the state to meet about 82% of its estimated 2030 demand with renewables, said Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources spokesperson Robert Beadle.
The RFP "will be developed by National Grid, with oversight by the state Office of Energy Resources, and is subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission," Raimondo said in a press release. A draft RFP will be filed this fall and, if approved by the PUC, a final RFP is expected to come out in early 2021.
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