Connecticut formally launches 2-GW offshore wind RFP

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering

August 20 (Renewables Now) - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday formally released a request for proposals (RFP) targeting up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind.

The move comes after in mid-July DEEP issued a draft request for proposals and received more than 50 comments plus 100 additional comments and emails directed to the Commission on Environmental Standards. Having reviewed those, DEEP has decided to change the RFP language in order to require bidders to include more information such as an Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plan.

Bids under the RFP are due by noon on September 30. DEEP noted that there is no minimum amount of offshore wind that it must procure under the launched process.

“Offshore wind has the potential to significantly reduce the electric grid’s dependence on fossil fuels, improve grid reliability in the winter, and advance clean energy jobs and development here in our state, all while helping Connecticut achieve critical climate goals,” said commissioner Katie Dykes.

The newly-launched RFP is Connecticut’s first offshore wind-dedicated solicitation. Last year, the state bought 304 MW of offshore wind from the 700-MW Revolution Wind project owned by Denmark's Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES).

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