Connecticut Takes Steps Towards 2 GW Offshore Wind Solicitation

July 3, 2019 - The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Energy Technology Policy have released a draft request for proposals for up to 2.0 GW of offshore wind. The draft RFP follows recently passed offshore wind legislation signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that authorized 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 authorized the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to promptly begin the RFP process, followed by an opportunity for public comment.

The draft RFP is now available for review and comment, which are due by 15 July 2019. A final solicitation is due to be released on 15 August. Responding to the draft RFP, Business Network for Offshore Wind chief executive and president Liz Burdock said, "We congratulate the state of Connecticut for moving so quickly in preparing the draft RFP.

"Coupled with the other major announcements on offshore wind projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island recently, it confirms the growing strength of the industry in New England. "I believe this solicitation will accelerate the region's investment in ports like New London and Bridgeport and allow Connecticut suppliers to be active participants in the regional offshore wind supply chain." The DEEP is expected to announce a solicitation decision in November 2019.

Source: David Foxwell

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