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March 28, 2024

Ørsted, Avangrid submit proposals for offshore wind farms to provide energy to CT, RI and MA

PHOTO | WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Ørsted North America's Block Island offshore wind farm.

Danish energy company Ørsted and Orange-based Avangrid, the parent company of United Illuminating, on Wednesday announced they have submitted separate plans for offshore wind farms to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

Ørsted’s project, called Starboard Wind, would use the New London State Pier for staging and assembly. When completed, the wind farm would produce 1,184-megawatts of energy – enough to power more than 600,000 homes.

According to Ørsted, the project would bring nearly $420 million of direct investment and expenditure to Connecticut, along with creating more than 800 full-time equivalent positions.

“Connecticut is a critical hub in the U.S. offshore wind market thanks to its early investments and foresight, and Starboard Wind will further strengthen the state’s leadership in this important new American energy industry,” said David Hardy, group executive vice president and CEO of the Americas Region at Ørsted.

Ørsted is also developing the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project, which will provide electricity to Connecticut and Rhode Island. Onshore construction is underway and the project is expected to be in operation in 2025.

Also on Wednesday, Avangrid announced it had submitted two proposals for wind projects that would provide electricity to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Avangrid submitted a bid for New England Wind 1, a 791-megawatt project, which was previously known as Park City Wind. It would be located roughly 30 miles south of Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Also, the company proposed New England Wind 2, a 1,080-megawatt project. It submitted a bid for New England Wind 1 and New England Wind 2 together for a combined 1870-megawatt project. Avangrid also submitted New England Wind 1 as its own bid.

“With this bold multi-state procurement, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have sent a clear message that now is the time to move forward with purpose on offshore wind,” said Kimberly Harriman, Avangrid senior vice president of public and regulatory affairs.

In addition, Avangrid said it plans to locate an operations and maintenance facility for its offshore wind portfolio at Barnum Landing in Bridgeport.

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