The clean energy industry supports nearly 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to a new state report. The report released on Monday by the state Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce found that the sector added 613 jobs over the last 12 months, bringing the total to 9,832, and projected that another 1,600 positions in energy efficiency, renewable energy and related fields would be created over the next year. The rate of job growth in the industry is 6.6 percent over the past year.
This summer, Rhode Island will make history by breaking ground on America’s first offshore wind project. This first domestic installation at Block Island will stand in stark contrast to Europe’s massive, decades-old offshore wind industry that includes nearly 2,500 offshore wind turbines and supports 60,000 jobs.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry has partnered with Deepwater Wind to build a new transport vessel for technicians working on the country’s first offshore wind energy project, located between Block Island and the Vineyard.The boat line, which serves Block Island, Long Island, the Vineyard and Nantucket, plans to spend more than $4 million to build the vessel — the first of its kind in the U.S. — and to develop a training program for its crew. Construction of the vessel, by Blount Boats of Warren R.I., is expected to generate more than 70 jobs over the course of a year.