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July 19, 2021

Park City Wind opening Bridgeport headquarters

hpgruesen via Pixabay An offshore wind turbine in shallow water.

Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to make an appearance in downtown Bridgeport this afternoon to mark the official opening of the headquarters of Park City Wind, an offshore wind energy project planners say will channel 804 megawatts of renewable power to Connecticut residents.

The central office, situated at 350 Fairfield Ave., will serve as the venture’s main hub for project development, workforce training and community outreach, according to state officials. It was not immediately clear Monday how many employees will be based there full-time.

The opening marks another step forward for Park City Wind, a collaboration between Avangrid Inc. of Orange and Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection selected the project for advancement in December 2019, and since that time the two companies have been working to redevelop an 18.3-acre stretch of Bridgeport waterfront as a staging and fabrication site for the wind farm.

The turbines themselves are expected to be built about 23 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in an area with some of the strongest winds on the East Coast.

Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners have said the effort will create thousands of jobs and produce an economic impact of over $890 million. The companies have also committed to making Bridgeport the home of Park City Wind’s operations and maintenance hub for the 25-year or longer duration of the project.

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