First in the nation
Part of our Connect21 plan is to bring more renewable energy sources into the grid – that’s why we’re excited to be part of a first-in-the-nation project that will deliver offshore wind power to customers.
National Grid’s project, sea2shore: The Renewable Link, will transmit clean energy from the Deepwater Wind Farm currently under construction off the coast of Block Island, to customers on both Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland.
As part of the project, we will install approximately 20 miles of 34.5kV bi-directional submarine cable (meaning it’s a cable that can transmit power in both directions) from Narragansett to Block Island. It will be similar to the two submarine cables we installed and operate that link Cape Cod and Nantucket.
A new substation, a switchyard and underground and overhead cables are also part of the plan.
The wind farm is expected to generate about 30 megawatts of power, most of which will be transmitted to our Rhode Island customers. Our project also will provide Block Island Power Company, which serves the island, with enough electricity to meet its four- megawatt demand, thereby reducing the island’s dependency on diesel-generated electricity. This is an even greater win for our goal to promote clean energy.
As a part of our commitment to customer and community responsiveness, we’ve been holding a series of public meetings this month to engage Rhode Islanders about the benefits of the project and answer their questions. We also held a webinar for local residents, and have an active social media and web presence to make it easy for locals to stay up-to-date on project news.
We expect our portion of the project to be complete by the end of 2016.There is a website you can visit to learn more: www.ngrid.com/sea2shore