Joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and labour leaders for a tour of the companies’ new regional offshore wind construction hub, now being built at ProvPort, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Once complete, the new facility will be used to support construction of advanced foundation components, large-scale and specialised components that are integral to foundations for Ørsted and Eversource’s portfolio of offshore wind farms serving Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will help accelerate port upgrades, electrical grid infrastructure and much more to expedite the delivery of offshore wind energy as a way to combat climate change and reduce air pollution.
The site upgrades and construction underway at ProvPort are covered by a “Project Labor Agreement” that Ørsted and Eversource reached with the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and the project’s general contractor Dimeo Construction – ensuring that all the work is being completed by local, union labour. This initial scope of work has created 40 local jobs.
“I want to thank Secretary Granholm and Governor McKee for touring our site today along with our labour partners who will help deliver America’s green transformation,” said David Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Rhode Island is home to America’s First Offshore Wind Farm, which was commissioned on December 12, 2016. Five years later, it is fitting that we showcased our ProvPort facility today and its growing capabilities that will further establish Rhode Island as a regional offshore wind energy hub. Our investments into the port and community, combined with support from local, state and federal leaders, are making our clean energy vision a reality.”
“The Biden Administration has been a relentless champion for clean, renewable energy with offshore wind as its bedrock,” said Joe Nolan, Chief Executive Officer and President of Eversource Energy. “We are thrilled today to showcase some of the tremendous work already underway in Rhode Island that, together with other regional investments, is playing a critical role in combating climate change, growing the domestic supply chain, and creating well-paying, local jobs.”
In total, Ørsted and Eversource are investing a combined USD 40 million at ProvPort and Quonset Point, in North Kingstown, R.I., to support the development of the Revolution Wind project serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, as well as the South Fork Wind project serving New York.