June 10 (Renewables Now) - Connecticut’s governor Ned Lamont on Friday signed new legislation that will bring up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity to the state, to be procured through a competitive selection starting in August.
As previously announced, House Bill 7156 was given the green light by the House of Representatives in May and last week received approval by the Connecticut Senate. The new legislation authorises the state to buy up to 2 GW of offshore wind power, equal to 30% of the state load.
In line with the plan, the state directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to start a request for proposals (RfP) to select eligible proposals. DEEP, in turn, is collaborating with the Commission on Environmental Standards to ensure that the solicitation will use best practices to protect the environment.
The RfP will be conducted according to the following schedule:
|June 14, 2019||Receipt of scoping written comments|
|July 1, 2019||Draft solicitation release|
|July 15, 2019||Receipt on comments on the draft solicitation|
|July 17, 2019||Release of draft recommendations for the RfP|
|July 24, 2019||Comments on the RfP recommendations|
|July 31, 2019||Release of final RfP recommendations|
|August 15, 2019||RfP release|
|September 30, 2019||Bidding deadline|
|November 2019||Selection of bids|
“Connecticut should be the central hub of the offshore wind industry in New England,” governor Lamont said.
Last year, Connecticut selected the Revolution Wind project as the winner in a competitive solicitation for offshore wind and will get 300 MW of its output. The 700-MW project is owned by Denmark's Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) and is seen to become operational in 2023.