Block Island wind project due for commercial ops in Q4 2016

Deepwater Wind Block Island LLC, which is constructing and will own and operate a 30 MW (nameplate rating) offshore wind farm located in Block Island Sound, on May 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

The site in Block Island Sound is approximately three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. It is anticipated that the facility will achieve commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2016. Applicant will be engaged directly and exclusively in the business of owning and operating the Facility and selling electric energy at wholesale.

The facility will consist of five 6-MW wind turbine generators and other equipment necessary to interconnect the facility to the distribution system owned by Narragansett Electric Co. d/b/a National Grid and operated by New England Power d/b/a National Grid.

The company on May 27 also filed with FERC an application for market-based rate authority. That application says the entire output of the facility will be sold to Narragansett Electric on a firm basis pursuant to a 20-year power purchase agreement.

A project contact is: David Schwartz, General Counsel, Deepwater Wind Block Island LLC, 56 Exchange Terrace, Suite 300, Providence, RI 02903, Tel: (502) 357-9902,

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