Three industry consortia have so far submitted bids to provide offshore wind capacity to the state of Connecticut
Bids have been submitted by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America; Vineyard Wind; and Ørsted and Eversource.
The bids were submitted to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in response to the procurement launched by DEEP implementing Public Act 19-71.
DEEP released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for up to 2 GW of offshore wind in July 2019. This followed recently passed offshore wind legislation signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that authorised offshore wind development in the east coast state.
The legislation, which was approved in May 2019 in the House of Representatives, was given final legislative approval on 4 June 2019 in the State Senate. The legislation authorised the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to promptly begin the RFP process, followed by an opportunity for public comment.
Mayflower Wind president John Hartnett said, “Governor Lamont has outlined a vision for moving Connecticut toward a clean energy future, and we believe our proposal can play a role in advancing that vision in an affordable manner. The state’s comprehensive energy strategy calls for deployment of cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy resources, and that is exactly what we are offering.” The company is understood to have lodged a 400-MW and an 800-MW bid with DEEP.
Vineyard Wind said it had submitted a set of proposals called ‘Park City Wind’ to DEEP. It said the bids submitted include a required 400-MW plan and options to develop projects that will generate 800 MW, 1.0 GW and 1.2 GW.
Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Pedersen said the company had submitted what he described as “a dynamic set of project proposals to deliver a reliable source of fixed, low-cost, zero-emission energy to Connecticut rate-payers.
“Our Park City Wind proposal is much more than an energy project – it’s an opportunity for Connecticut to develop a world-class offshore wind industry in Bridgeport and solidify its role as a high value industry hub in the US for years to come,” he claimed.
Park City Wind, named after the City of Bridgeport, includes projects ranging from 408 MW to 1.2 GW that would be constructed in one of Vineyard Wind’s two federally designated lease areas (Lease Area OCS-A 0501 and Lease Area OCS-A 0522). Both are located south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Ørsted and Eversource said their Constitution Wind project includes several proposals “that offer Connecticut flexibility.”
Ørsted North America president and chief executive Ørsted US Offshore Wind Thomas Brostrøm, said, “Following the selection of our Revolution Wind project by the state and our investment to turn New London State Pier into a world-class offshore wind centre, our proposed Constitution Wind project will be delivered by the industry’s leading experts to ensure the project is achievable, sustainable and successful for Connecticut.”
In December 2018, DEEP selected Ørsted’s Revolution Wind project to move forward to negotiate a fixed-price power purchase agreement with the state’s power distribution companies for 0.42 TWh per year, equivalent to 100 MW offshore wind capacity.