Rhode Island Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-RI)
Rhode Island does not have a state specific environmental review process. A developer may need to obtain permits and approval from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management prior to constructing bulk transmission projects.
Note If the project requires a License to Construct and Alter Major Energy Facilities from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (Energy Facility Siting Board) to site, construct, or alter a high voltage transmission line of 69 kV or more, then the Energy Facility Siting Board may take on the issuance of any additional licenses or permits that the developer may need. Therefore, the state agency that typically would have jurisdiction to issue the permit would serve as an advisor to the Energy Facility Siting Board regarding approval. The Energy Facility Siting Board collects advisory opinions from the agencies that would normally issue those additional approvals to inform their decision but does not have to abide by them, per EFSA § 42-98-11(b). For more information, see:
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
Permitting at a Glance
Rhode Island Federal
|Environmental Review:||Rhode Island does not have a state specific environmental review process.|
|Applicable MOU with FERC:||No.|