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Connecticut Is Set to Join in $70 Billion Offshore Wind Expansion

PortandTerminal.com, June 5, 2019

Connecticut joins New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in leading the battle to build a $70 billion offshore wind industry along the Atlantic seaboard. transforming the way the region gets its electricity.

Connecticut is set to dramatically increase its investment in offshore wind energy after the state Senate passed a bill to require utilities to buy as much as 2 gigawatts of the renewable energy source, equivalent to almost a third of the state’s electricity needs. It’s a huge step forward in the right direction and received resounding support when the bill was put to a vote.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate late Tuesday and now heads to Governor Ned Lamont, according to the Senate’s website. If he signs it, regulators will have 14 days to produce a plan to solicit bids from developers. Previously, the state planned to buy 300 megawatts of offshore wind.

Vineyard Wind LLC, a developer building an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, plans to invest millions of dollars into Bridgeport harbour if selected to supply power to the state, according to an emailed statement. The project will generate clean, renewable, cost-competitive energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses across the Commonwealth while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year.

Lamont has said he supports offshore wind development to reduce carbon emissions. Last month, the governor outlined plans for a $93 million upgrade to the State Pier in New London to create a hub for construction with offshore wind developer Orsted A/S.

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