PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Seven developers have submitted proposals to build an energy-generating wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

The project proposed by Gov. Donald Carcieri is expected to cost up to $1.9 billion. But if completed, it is expected to supply up to 15 percent of the state’s electricity needs.

Friday was the deadline for bids. Jerome Moynihan, the state’s administrator of purchasing systems, says the contents of the bids will not be released to the public until the state has awarded a contract.

Three of the companies making proposals are based in Rhode Island. One is based in Texas.

The governor will now choose a team of state officials to examine the proposals. A final decision is expected by the end of the summer.

Information from: The Providence Journal,

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