Read 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 has lagged its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies. The state's draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (July 2017) essentially dismissed the potential of offshore wind.
The Roundtable's September 2017 forum on offshore wind was co-sponsored by the Acadia Center, the CT Port Authority and the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Construction Trades Council, and it was hosted by IBEW Local 90. We gathered 130+ endorsements on our statement urging that offshore wind be integrated into the state's climate and energy strategies.
In November, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced plans to procure offshore wind energy in 2018!
As it takes this first step, CT can learn from other states that have taken the lead in pursuit of local jobs and supply-chain investment from offshore wind development. CT needs to develop a robust offshore wind strategy that leverages our modern port facilities and skilled labor pool in securing local investments from this rapidly expanding regional industry.
We will continue to work with the building trades unions and other allies to ensure that offshore wind development brings jobs and economic opportunities to CT's workers and communities.
- Overview - Offshore Wind: CT Jobs and Clean Energy
- The Offshore Wind Opportunity in Connecticut
- Press Release (Sept 2017)
- News Article: "Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power"
- Roundtable's Comment on draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy
- Roundtable's Letter to DEEP Commissioner Klee urging policies that will maximize in-state economic impacts