Connecticut publishes draft offshore wind RfP targeting 2 GW

A picture from Cathie Associates visit to the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm; Block Island.

July 4 (Renewables Now) - The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in the US state of Connecticut on Monday issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) to solicit offers for up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity.

DEEP is accepting public comment on the draft RfP until July 15, 2019. It will release the final solicitation on August 15, while the bid due date has been set for September 30. The outcome will be unveiled in November 2019.

According to the document, interested parties have to submit at least one 400-MW project proposal, but are encouraged to include bids for multiple sizing options. The projects deemed eligible must enter the construction phase no earlier than the effective date of the power purchase agreement (PPA), while power deliveries must start no earlier than July 1, 2020 and no later than December 31, 2026.

The bids evaluation team comprises DEEP, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Procurement Manager, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), The United Illuminating Company (UI) and local utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES). Independent consultants may also be appointed.

The launch of the draft RfP follows last month’s signing of new legislation by governor Ned Lamont that outlines the procurement of offshore wind through a competitive selection. The House Bill 7156 was given the green light by the House of Representatives in May and received approval by the Connecticut Senate in early June.

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