Regional Approach

Taking a Collaborative, Regional Approach to Building Offshore Wind’s Future

Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut working together to create jobs and opportunities

Rhode Island recently announced another procurement of offshore wind, and this time, we’re not doing it alone. For the first time in history, Rhode Island is joining our neighbors in a large-scale regional offshore wind procurement – lowering costs and increasing reliability for people across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

In October, our three states announced New England’s first offshore wind multi-state coordination memorandum of understanding (MOU), which creates a pathway for a potential coordinated selection of offshore wind as each state solicits offshore wind energy generation through their respective state procurements. This MOU is the first of its kind in the United States.

Through this MOU, the three states will together seek multi-state offshore wind proposals that would expand benefits for the region, capture cost reductions by developing projects at scale, and develop into viable projects.

With our three states currently soliciting a combined nearly 7,000 megawatts of new, renewable offshore wind power, we as a region have an unprecedented opportunity to foster regional economic development, create high-paying, in-demand jobs, and promote environmental justice and equity.