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Rhode Island Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-RI)

In Rhode Island, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain approval from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state owned real property. A developer may also need a number of state highway encroachment permits. A developer may need a Physical Alteration Permit and/ or a Utility Permit from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

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State Land Right of Way Agency: Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain permission from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board ("Board") prior to initiating construction of transmission lines. In reviewing a proposed project, the Board also assesses whether to grant an easement to access state lands to construct bulk transmission projects.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Rhode Island Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer may need to obtain a Utility Permit and/or a(n) Alteration Permit, from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to construct transmission lines that encroach on a state highway or railroad right-of-way. Rhode Island – tit. 13 - ch.2 R.I. Code R. et seq., Rules and Regulations for Accommodating Utility Facilities Within Public Freeway Rights-of-Way.
Eminent Domain: Public utilities may take land by eminent domain for public utility purposes. tit. 42 R.I. Gen Laws § 64-12. Prior to exercising eminent domain, the public utility must request permission from the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. tit. 39 R.I. Gen Laws § 1-31.

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