PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The developers of an offshore wind farm currently in the works off the Rhode Island coast are pledging $4.5 million to support education and supply chain development for the state’s wind energy industry.
The partners in the “Revolution Wind” project, Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource, made the announcement with Gov. Gina Raimondo Monday morning at the State House.
The governor praised the companies’ commitment to provide opportunities for Rhode Island college students.
“When they are ready to work, we will have plenty of jobs for them in our growing offshore wind supply chain right here in Rhode Island,” she said.
The partners will invest $3 million in offshore wind higher education programs, led by the University of Rhode Island with the assistance of other higher learning institutions. Another $1.5 million will be earmarked for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the Department of Labor and Training.
National Grid struck a 20-year deal with Ørsted back in February to buy power from the Revolution Wind farm project. Both that contract and the project are pending Public Utilities Commission approval.
The Revolution Wind project blossomed from the former Deepwater Wind project, which was acquired by Ørsted last year.