New England Power does deal for 30-MW offshore wind project

New England Power d/b/a National Grid on July 24 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Deepwater Block Island Wind LLC for a 30-MW offshore wind project.

The purpose of the LGIA is to interconnect the Block Island Wind generation project to a 34.5 kV substation to be constructed on Block Island and owned by New England Power’s affiliate, The Narragansett Electric Co. d/b/a/ National Grid. The generation project and the new substation on Block Island are to be connected to the Rhode Island mainland by a 34.5-kV undersea cable being constructed pursuant to the Town of New Shoreham Project bill enacted into Rhode Island state law in 2009.

Block Island Wind is a limited liability company unaffiliated with New England Power and Narragansett that is developing the Block Island Wind project, a 30-MW (nameplate) demonstration-scale offshore wind facility that will be located approximately three miles southeast of Block Island.

The facility is to consist of five fully-inverted wind turbine generators connected in series and rated at 6 MW each. The turbine maker is Alstom, with provision for a comparable turbine.

The project has an in-service target date of June 1, 2016, and a commercial operation target date of Dec. 31, 2016.

Developer contact information is: Deepwater Block Island Wind LLC, c/o Deepwater Wind LLC, Attn: Chris van Beek, President, 56 Exchange Terrace, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903, Telephone (401) 648-0606, Fax (401) 228-8004.

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