Deepwater Wind won a great prize last last week. At the same time as Vineyard Wind won the US's first offshore wind tender for 800 MW in Massachusetts, US developer Deepwater Wind began contract negotiations in the neighboring state Rhode Island pertaining to the installation of the Revolution Wind project at 400 MW. The US developer had already installed the US's first offshore wind farm, the pilot project Block Island, also in Rhode Island.
Both Rhode Island's governor and Deepwater Wind have placed emphasis on the local benefits of offshore wind – at the time of the pilot project as well as following last week's tender. These benefits have now become more concrete. According to a joint statement from Deepwater Wind and Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the Revolution Wind project "is expected to create more than 800 direct construction jobs, 50 well-paying, permanent jobs for Rhode Islanders at every skill level and hundreds more indirect jobs."
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