"Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub" (The Day, Mar 2018)
The Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island has made offshore wind a reality in the Northeast. Other states in the region – from Massachusetts to Maryland – are now moving quickly to grab a share of the wind energy from permitted areas in federal waters along the eastern seaboard.
While Connecticut has lagged its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies, the CT DEEP issued a request for proposals in January 2018 for up to 240 MW 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
- News Article: "Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power" (New Haven Register, Sep 2017)
- Roundtable's Comment on draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy
- Roundtable's Letter to DEEP Commissioner Klee urging policies that will maximize in-state economic impacts
- Comment on draft RFP, endorsed by 30+ groups
- Final RFP issued January 2018
- News Article: "Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub" (The Day, Mar 2018)