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More offshore wind bid into Rhode Island renewable solicitation

Providence Journal:

Rhode Island electric customers are already using power from the first offshore wind farm in the nation, a 30-megawatt project off Block Island — and plans are in place to buy another 400 megawatts of offshore wind.

Now, developers are proposing to sell an additional 350 megawatts of offshore wind power to the Ocean State.

Among the 11 companies that responded to the state’s latest request for proposals for renewable energy are Deepwater Wind — which, after a merger, is now Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind — and Vineyard Wind, which both hold leases to federal waters in or near Rhode Island Sound.

Deepwater, which submitted its bid before the name change took effect, is proposing two options: a 100-megawatt project or a 350-megawatt alternative. Vineyard, too, has put forward a choice, between a 200-megawatt project and one of 350 megawatts.

The proposals were among a total of 41 bids that were made in response to the RFP for 400 megawatts of new renewable energy that was released by the state in September as part of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s push to increase the supply of power from wind, solar and the like to 1,000 megawatts by 2020.

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