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Rhode Island Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-RI)

In Rhode Island, a transmission developer may need a License to Construct and Alter Major Energy Facilities from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Board before siting, constructing, or altering high voltage transmission lines 69 kV or greater.

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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

Transmission Siting: Any person may need a License to Construct and Alter Major Energy Facilities. R.I. Stat. Ann. §42-98-4.
Transmission Siting Agency: Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board
Transmission Siting Threshold: To construct or alter a major energy facility, which includes transmission lines with a capacity of 69 kV or greater. R.I. Stat. Ann. §42-98-4.
Transmission Siting Act: Rhode Island – tit. 42 R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 98 et seq., Energy Facility Siting Act
Preemptive Authority: The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board has preemptive authority over the siting and regulation of transmission lines.
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Rhode Island does not require additional approval from the state public utility authority.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined time frame for approval.