Hinckley Allen helps Deepwater Wind develop, finance, and construct the country's first offshore wind farm

The 30-megawatt offshore wind farm will include five wind turbines located in Rhode Island state waters, approximately three miles south of Block Island.

Hinckley Allen played a pivotal role in advancing the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island, which will become the first offshore wind farm in the United States after closing last week on more than $290 million in financing.


"This is a trailblazing project, and we have been a close partner of Deepwater Wind since its inception," said Jerry Petros, who leads Hinckley Allen's energy practice and whose team has spent seven years working with the Providence-based developer on a novel array of legal, regulatory and business matters. "The breadth of the project required a multi-disciplinary approach. Our expertise in energy, regulatory and litigation matters and our ability to reach across practice areas and find practical solutions to challenging issues contributed to our success with Deepwater Wind."

With its financing secured and all permits in place, the path is now clear to begin construction of the first-of-its-kind project. The 30-megawatt offshore wind farm will include five wind turbines located in Rhode Island state waters, approximately three miles south of Block Island.

"We are on the cusp of bringing offshore wind from theory to reality in the U.S., and we're incredibly proud of our position at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry," said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffry Grybowski. He added that the critical legal matters the project faced, including several lawsuits, involved complicated, cutting-edge regulatory issues. "Over the years, we've called on Hinckley Allen to help in virtually all of these areas. Very few of our legal issues are narrow in focus; most are broad strategic issues that are at the core of our business. We've come to rely on Hinckley Allen for their advice on these matters."

With construction commencing this summer, Deepwater expects that "blades will spin" in the fourth quarter of 2016.

About Hinckley Allen
Hinckley Allen provides a full range of legal services and pragmatic business advice to regional, national and international clients. Our team of lawyers provides legal counsel and in-depth industry knowledge in practice areas including energy, litigation, corporate, construction, real estate, and trust and estates law. The firm has offices in Albany, Boston, Concord, Hartford, New York and Providence.

Featured Product

The Solar Fastener Expert by Mudge Fasteners. Your Source for Solar Industry-Related Hardware

The Solar Fastener Expert by Mudge Fasteners. Your Source for Solar Industry-Related Hardware

3M™ Extreme Sealing Tape is a family of single coated, pressure sensitive adhesive tapes designed for difficult sealing applications. The backing on this tape is an ionomer film that is very tough yet flexible and abrasion resistant. The very soft and thick acrylic adhesive has excellent sealing properties and good outdoor durability. This single coated tape is designed to seal over an existing joint, seam, or penetration. The adhesive is designed to adhere well to the ionomer film so that overlapping tape joints can be made while maintaining a strong seal. 3M™ Extreme Sealing Tape - instant sealing that rolls on fast and looks good.