Governor McKee and Federal Officials Celebrate Progress on Revolution Wind and Welcome American-Made Offshore Wind Service Operations Vessel to Ocean State

Rhode Island and Connecticut's First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Project Making Steady Progress on Construction Offshore, Just One Month After “Steel in the Water”
RHODE ISLAND – JUNE 13, 2024 – Revolution Wind is marking the completed construction of the project’s union-built advanced foundation components, the latest milestone for Rhode Island and Connecticut's first large-scale offshore wind farm and the first multi-state offshore wind farm in the nation.

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Elizabeth Klein, U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Kevin M. Sligh, Sr., and other federal, state and local officials and community members joined Ørsted and Eversource today to highlight the significant progress of Revolution Wind’s offshore construction.

Rhode Island is also welcoming the arrival this week of a first-of-its-kind America-built offshore wind service operations vessel to Rhode Island, the ECO EDISON.

A centerpiece of the region’s blue economy, Ørsted and Eversource’s Revolution Wind is directly creating roughly 1,200 jobs across Rhode Island and Connecticut and accelerating the states’ clean energy sectors with significant investments in workforce development, union partnerships, shipbuilding, and port infrastructure.

More than 125 local Rhode Island union workers recently completed the assembly of Revolution Wind’s advanced foundation components at Ørsted and Eversource’s construction hub at ProvPort. Ørsted and Eversource have invested $100 million in the work at their ProvPort hub, making it the largest offshore wind supply chain investment in Rhode Island’s history.

“Revolution Wind is a win for Rhode Island’s environment and our economy,” said Governor Dan McKee. “We’re excited by the progress of this project which is supporting good-paying jobs and propelling our state toward a stronger blue economy and a more sustainable future.”

“I am delighted to participate in today’s event, which highlights the tremendous progress that the Biden-Harris Administration has made, along with our state and industry partners, toward achieving our goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030," said BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein. “Today represents another step forward in providing clean energy jobs and investing in our coastal communities while strengthening America’s energy security.”

Once in operation, Revolution Wind will have the capacity to generate 400 megawatts of clean, affordable offshore wind power for Rhode Island and 304 megawatts of the same for Connecticut, enough clean energy to power more than 350,000 homes across both states and bring each closer to reaching their ambitious climate targets.

Since reaching its historic “steel in the water” just one month ago, Revolution Wind’s construction crews have made steady progress installing the project’s turbine foundations offshore. The advanced foundation components made in ProvPort, including platforms, railings, steel ladders, and other key parts, are currently being loaded out for installation at the project site offshore

Meanwhile, the Ocean State this week welcomed the ECO EDISON, which will be based out of ProvPort during Revolution Wind’s construction. An example of Ørsted’s $20 billion investment in building out an American clean energy industry, this first-ever American-built, owned, and crewed offshore wind service operations vessel will serve as a floating, year-round homebase for the offshore wind turbine technicians. These techs – Rhode Islanders among them – will work at sea over the life of the wind farms, servicing and maintaining the wind turbines. The vessel will play an integral part of the operation and maintenance of Ørsted and Eversource’s Northeast projects, using Port of Quonset, Rhode Island, as well as Port Jefferson, New York.

“Rhode Island is the birthplace of American offshore wind, and the state is continuing to harness the true potential of offshore wind to transform its ports, workforce, and economy,” said David Hardy, Group EVP and CEO Americas at Ørsted. “Thanks to our local union and supply-chain partners and our talented construction team, we’re building and delivering Revolution Wind. And it’s only fitting that the Ocean State will host our state-of-the-art, American-made service vessel, the ECO EDISON, during construction of this historic project for New England.”

“Our commitment to working hand in hand with local union labor is evidenced not just as the foundation components work completed at ProvPort, but also in the work underway for the onshore transmission system,” said Bill Quinlan, President of Transmission and Offshore Wind Projects for Eversource Energy. “We’re proud to bring well-paying union jobs to Rhode Islanders as we advance a project so important to the state’s energy future.”

“Today marks yet another milestone in building clean, American offshore energy resources,” said BSEE Director Kevin Sligh. “BSEE is committed to enforcing worker safety and environmental protection as we strive to achieve our clean energy goals through offshore renewable energy. This project is a prime example of how we can achieve these milestones using American resources and American workers.”

Revolution Wind’s offshore construction phase is powered by hundreds of union workers, three Northeast ports, and a variety of vessels – all supporting work to install the wind farm’s foundations, two offshore substations, inter-array and export cables, and wind turbines. All the work is done according to Revolution Wind’s local, state and federal approvals.

“The construction of our state’s second offshore wind farm is a testament to the power of regional collaboration,” said Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Liz Tanner. “This project not only harnesses Rhode Island’s natural resources but also continues to drive momentum in the blue economy by creating good-paying jobs and fostering sustainable development.”

"Rhode Island’s commitment to Act on Climate requirements and achieving our 100% renewable energy standard by 2033 will be met through projects like Revolution Wind,” said Acting State Energy Commissioner Chris Kearns. “This multi-year effort with this offshore wind project plays a major role in the state's emission reduction efforts and growing the state's clean energy economy. The Revolution Wind project will provide stable, affordable, and reliable clean energy and diversify our energy portfolio for the state, while creating hundreds of well-paying clean energy jobs for Rhode Islanders.”

“We are extremely proud of ProvPort and Waterson Terminal Services’s role as one of the busiest offshore wind hubs in the country, and – thanks to projects like Revolution Wind – we are confident we’ve only just begun to realize the economic, job-creating potential of this industry,” said Chris Waterson, CEO of Waterson Terminal Services. “Our team and Rhode Island’s highly skilled workforce are ready to continue our work to shape the state’s and the nation’s renewable, sustainable energy future.”

“Years from now, when we’re thinking about how the United States built its offshore wind industry, the Revolution Wind project and the hundreds of Rhode Island union workers who made it a reality will be a focal part of that story,” said Michael F. Sabitoni, General Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers International Union of North America and President of Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council. “I have been a vocal supporter of this project and this industry for a simple reason that has been proven true time and time again: Clean energy creates good jobs. We look forward to continuing this important work as the offshore wind sector grows here in Rhode Island and across the country.”

“Riggs Distler, A Centuri Company, is proud to be a part of such a significant project, creating direct employment, supporting local suppliers, and contributing to the state’s sustainability goals,” said Stephen M. Zemaitatis Jr., President and CEO of Riggs Distler. “With the 65 positions we’ve constructed onshore at ProvPort ready to be installed, we are increasing momentum in the market in Rhode Island and the entire East Coast Wind Belt. By providing serial construction of advanced foundation components, we are building foundations for both wind turbines and driving forward the future of U.S. renewable energy.”

During the offshore construction period, construction and transport barges, cable installation vessels, tugboats, supply and support vessels, and protected species observer monitor vessels will be active at the offshore site. Vessel operators, engineers, welders, scientists, and dozens of others are involved in this operation. Meanwhile, onshore construction continues in North Kingstown, R.I., on the project’s transmission system.

The Revolution Wind project site, roughly 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and 32 miles southeast of the Connecticut coast, is adjacent to Ørsted and Eversource’s South Fork Wind, America’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm. Revolution Wind is expected to be in operation in 2025.

About Ørsted
A global clean energy leader, Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and land-based wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted was the first energy company in the world to have its science-based net-zero emissions target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and is recognized as the world’s most sustainable energy developer in the Corporate Knights Global 100 index.

In the United States, the company has approximately 700 employees and a portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind energy, land-based wind energy, solar, battery storage and e-fuels. Ørsted is a U.S. leader in offshore wind energy with approximately 3 gigawatts in development and operates both America’s first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island, and the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm, South Fork Wind. Ørsted has a total U.S. land-based capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. To learn more about the Ørsted U.S. business, visit or follow the company on X (@OrstedUS), Instagram, and Facebook.

About Eversource
Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2024 and recognized as a Five-Year Champion, appearing in every edition of the list. Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4.4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,900 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like a first-in-the-nation networked geothermal pilot project, solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit, and follow us on X, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit

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