Rhode Island Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-RI)
In Rhode Island, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain a License to Construct from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board.
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
|State or Preemptive Authority:||The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (Board) has the ultimate permit granting authority in siting transmission lines. If the Board grants a License to Construct for a proposed project, then the applicant (developer) need not obtain additional regulatory approval from other state agencies to construct transmission lines.|
|Transmission Siting Agency:||Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board|
|Transmission Siting Process:||A transmission developer must obtain a License to Construct from the Board prior to constructing bulk transmission lines. If the transmission lines are less than 6,000 feet, a project developer may obtain Board approval through an expedited Notice of Intent process.|
|Transmission Siting Threshold:||Transmission lines with a capacity greater than 69 kV.|
|Siting Act:||Rhode Island – tit. 42 R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 98 et seq., Energy Facility Siting Act|
|Regulated Entity Definition:||Any person siting, constructing, or altering a major energy facility within the State of Rhode Island. tit. 42 R.I. Gen. Laws § 98-4.|
|Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold:||Rhode Island does not require additional approval from the state public utility authority.|
|Permit Processing Timeframe:||There is no statutorily defined time frame for approval.|
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