Hello friends and followers,

As we move into the new year, we continue our focus on working collaboratively with local communities. By investing in non- and not-for-profit initiatives that support the people and businesses in our host communities, we are working toward a shared goal of building a robust and inclusive offshore wind industry.

In this edition

SCWF Grantees

The SouthCoast Wind Fund Awards $500K in Grants

In early January we announced the first grantees from the SouthCoast Wind Fund, administered by the SouthCoast Community Foundation. The SouthCoast Wind Fund distributed over half a million dollars to twelve awardees for their programs that create a diverse offshore wind employment pipeline and expand community awareness of offshore wind through collaboration, education, and outreach. The awardees, whose programs also focus on outreach to environmental justice and historically marginalized communities, include PACE of New Bedford, Roots2Empower of Pawtucket, RI and Browning the Green Space of Boston. 

The full list of grantees are in the announcement.

Roots2Empower

Grantee Spotlight: Roots2Empower

Roots2Empower of Pawtucket, RI was awarded a $75,000 grant for their Powering Energy Justice program. This holistic community outreach and public education program helps to create equitable access to careers in the offshore wind industry in environmental justice communities.  

Tarshire Battle, Executive Director of Roots2Empower said, “Offshore wind energy is critically needed to decarbonize our economy and put an end to disproportionate health, environmental, and economic impacts that our low-income and communities of color too often face. Roots2Empower is excited to put this grant to work, bridging the power of offshore wind with the people power of our communities to co-create a clean energy economy that lifts all people, starting with those facing the steepest barriers.” 

Roots2Empower was founded in 2019 to improve the lives of justice-impacted and low-income people in Southern New England. Since then, their mission has expanded to address the root causes of poverty and mass incarceration, and enable civic engagement through economic empowerment, environmental connection, and food access.

HCA meeting

Photo courtesy of EastBayRI

Portsmouth, RI Approves Host Community Agreement

SouthCoast Wind has officially entered into a Host Community Agreement with the Town of Portsmouth, RI.

On January 16th, the Portsmouth Town Council voted in favor of the agreement, which commits SouthCoast Wind to pay the Town $23 million over 33 years. This compensation is in recognition of Portsmouth hosting SouthCoast Wind’s infrastructure, a two-mile cable crossing that will be buried underground, before making its way to Mount Hope Bay and connecting to the electric grid at Brayton Point, MA. The funding will support the Town’s climate resilience efforts and/or other projects beneficial to the community. We look forward to continuing to engage with the Town and residents as a reliable, long-term partner.

SupplyRI and SouthCoast Wind

Supply Chain Webinar with SupplyRI

On January 18th SouthCoast Wind and Rhode Island Commerce’s SupplyRI co-hosted an informative webinar, “Navigating Offshore Wind Procurement: Real Talk for Supplier Success” for local suppliers interested in entering the offshore wind industry. Representatives from dozens of local businesses participated in the discussion-filled session, asked hard-hitting questions, gained practical knowledge on how to adapt to the unique requirements of offshore wind procurement, and learned how to best position their business to establish contracts with companies like SouthCoast Wind.

Thank you to SupplyRI, and all those who attended! For more information on contracting opportunities for local suppliers, visit our Contractors and Suppliers web page and SupplyRI.

Calendar of events Jan-Feb 2024
Permitting team

What does the Permitting Team do?

Our permitting team supports the large and complex development of SouthCoast Wind’s project area, including the lease area, export cable corridor(s), and onshore project areas. They manage federal, state, and local permitting and filing requirements needed to bring thousands of megawatts of clean electricity to shore. They work with many agencies, organizations, and stakeholders from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Department of Commerce’s NOAA Fisheries, to state environmental offices, coastal zone management offices, energy facilities siting boards, endangered species, cultural resources, and air quality agencies, fisheries and tribal stakeholders, among many, many others!

Our team also ensures health and safety are held to the highest standards. 

SouthCoast Wind’s extensive federal, state and local permitting documents and ongoing updates are available on the Documents page.