Endorse the Roundtable's Comment re Offshore Wind in the draft CES
Rhode Island's Block Island Wind Farm has made offshore wind a reality in New England. Massachusetts has grabbed the lead with a request for proposals and a strong commitment to procuring offshore wind energy in the coming decade. New York, Maryland and New Jersey, are all close on its heels and moving quickly to grab a share of the wind energy from permitted areas in federal waters along the eastern seaboard.
But where is Connecticut? Connecticut is decidedly lagging its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies.
To catch up and capture its share of this new economic opportunity, CT needs to develop a sound policy framework for offshore wind procurement. By taking advantage of lessons learned from neighboring states, the state should develop a robust offshore wind strategy that leverages our modern port facilities and skilled labor pool in a new emerging market.