Feds accepting comments on wind project that will supply power to Connecticut

The federal government is now accepting public comments on a draft report detailing the environmental impacts of Revolution Wind, a proposed 100-turbine scale wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island that is vying to be the first offshore wind farm to supply power to Connecticut. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Sept. 2 and will be accepting comments through Oct. 17. BOEM is expected to take into consideration public comments as it works towards a final version of the document and the decision whether to approve or disapprove the project. Revolution Wind, which has yet to obtain state and federal permits and faces opposition from commercial fishermen, is slated to be operational by 2025. Ørsted and Eversource, in a joint statement, called the release of the draft EIS a major milestone for a project that will provide 304 megawatts of power to Connecticut and 400 MW to Rhode Island. In total, the 704 megawatts is enough electricity to power 350,000 homes.


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