Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner Robert Klee have announced the state is to purchase 200 MW of electricity generated from offshore wind power.
The power will be purchased from the Revolution Wind project being developed by Deepwater Wind. In May 2018, Deepwater Wind secured a 400 MW contract from Rhode Island for the Revolution Wind project.
Connecticut’s decision to acquire electricity from offshore wind is part of a programme to acquire clean energy. Under the programme, the state will buy electricity from offshore wind for the first time, in addition to power produced by fuel cell projects and a new anaerobic digestion facility.
“We have an obligation to invest in energy projects that reduce the impact of harmful emissions,” said Governor Malloy. “That’s why Connecticut is making investments in the technologies of the future, not of the past. These projects will result in thousands of new Connecticut jobs, helping to grow our economy, while doing so in a clean and sustainable way.”
A competitive process and buying in bulk with other states in the region is expected to help drive down costs and enable Connecticut to source cleaner, less expensive power for its electric grid. The selections in the procurement are equivalent to 4.7% of Connecticut’s load.
“Governor Malloy is setting the course for Connecticut’s clean energy future. We’re proud to partner with Connecticut to help the state achieve its bold renewable energy goals. Our Revolution Wind project will bring hundreds of new direct jobs to Connecticut and deliver affordable, homegrown energy to ratepayers,” said Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeffery Grybowski.
Deepwater Wind has made commitments around job development and use of the Port of New London for the Revolution Wind project, including at least US$15M of investment in the New London State Pier to allow some of the project to be constructed in New London, spurring economic development.
Significant construction and/or assembly will also occur in New London, including foundation components and the offshore substation. The company has also committed to contracting a Connecticut-based boat builder to construct one of the project’s crew transfer vessels.