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Rhode Island State of the State


Posted on January 18, 2024 in News

On Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, the Rhode Island State of the State Address took center stage at the Rhode Island State House in Providence. Governor Dan McKee seized the opportunity to commend outstanding individuals whose contributions are propelling Rhode Island to the forefront of the offshore wind industry.

During the address, Governor McKee spotlighted the exemplary work of RDC Offshore Wind employees Nicki Kent from IBEW Local 99, Nicholas Russo from Laborers Local 271, and Jennifer O’Dwyer from Ironworkers Local 37. These individuals were acknowledged for their pivotal roles in the Offshore Wind initiatives dedicated to advancing the state’s position as an industry leader.

RDC’s Offshore Wind facility in ProvPort, RI has become a hub for groundbreaking developments in the offshore wind sector. With South Fork Wind off the coast of Long Island already operational, crews are on the verge of completing advanced foundation components for Revolution Wind, which will be located approx. 15 nautical miles south of the RI coast. Revolution Wind will power ~263,000 households at a rate of 9.8 cents per kilowatt for 20 years. This marks a significant step towards meeting Rhode Island’s Act on Climate goals.

Gov. McKee’s acknowledgment of these skilled professionals and the recognition of ProvPort’s achievements underscore Rhode Island’s commitment to sustainable energy practices and its ambition to lead the nation in offshore wind innovation. As the state continues to make strides in renewable energy, these initiatives not only bolster the local economy but also contribute significantly to the broader goal of achieving a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Check out this video preview of the 2024 RI State of the State by Gov. Dan McKee. In it, you’ll get a glimpse of our Offshore Wind team and the work underway at our facility in ProvPort, RI, contributing to the advancements of USA’s offshore wind industry.


“With the first working offshore wind farm in the United States, we know that Rhode Island is an industry leader. But we’re not stopping there – our second offshore wind project, Revolution Wind, is set to commence construction this year.
When construction is complete, Revolution Wind will power nearly 263,000 households at a rate of 9.8 cents per kilowatt for 20 years. This is an important step toward meeting our Act on Climate goals.
In order to get our offshore wind projects completed, we need the people doing the work.
A few of our offshore wind workers are here tonight and I want to thank them: Nicki Kent of IBEW Local 99, Nicholas Russo of Laborers Local 271 and Jennifer O’Dwyer of Ironworkers Local 37. I want to recognize them and everyone who is helping us continue our progress on offshore wind. Thank you all for being on Team Rhode Island. Let’s give them a round of applause.”
-Gov. Dan McKee

Read the full State of the State HERE

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