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Secretary Sally Jewell Holds Lease Signing Ceremony for Wind Energy Area Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts


September 19, 2013

To commemorate the country’s first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today held a lease signing ceremony for the Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Guests included U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau, and staff from BOEM’s Offices of Renewable Energy Programs and Strategic Resources.


  • Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski before the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
  • Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), welcomes guests to the ceremony, and introduces Jeff Grybowski, Senator Whitehouse and Secretary Jewell. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
  • Senator Whitehouse gives remarks at the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
  • Secretary Jewell at the signing ceremony, accompanied by Jeff Grybowski and Senator Whitehouse. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
  • Secretary Jewell, Director Beaudreau, Senator Whitehouse, Jeff Grybowski and the team from BOEM pose for a photograph after the ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann