Connecticut recently signed into legislation a bill that supports offshore wind capacity for the state. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) planned to promptly begin the request for proposal (RFP) process, and a draft RFP has been released for up to 2 GW of offshore wind energy.
“We congratulate the state of Connecticut for moving so quickly in preparing their first major Draft RFP for offshore wind energy,” said Liz Burdock, CEO and president of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “Coupled with the other major announcements on offshore wind projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island this spring, it confirms the growing strength of the industry in New England.”
The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Bureau of Energy Technology Policy is now seeking comments on the draft RFP, which are due by Monday, July 15, at 4pm. (Written comments can also be filed electronically on DEEP’s website or submitted to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov.)The final solicitation is due to be released on August 15.
“I believe this solicitation will accelerate the region’s investments in ports like New London and Bridgeport, and allow Connecticut suppliers to be active participants in the regional offshore wind supply chain,” added Burdock.