June 5 (Renewables Now) - The Connecticut Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that could see the procurement of up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity in New England's southernmost state.
House Bill 7156 was approved with a 36-0 unanimous vote, according to information published by the Connecticut General Assembly. The bill has been sent to governor Ned Lamont and will need his signature in order to become law.
The proposed legislation authorises the state to buy up to 2 GW of offshore wind power, equal to 30% of the state load and calls for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to launch a solicitation 14 days after signing the bill. The agency will be required to make a schedule of future procurement rounds and collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development to make sure that the selected bids have positive impacts on the state’s economic development.
The Connecticut House of Representatives passed the bill in May.
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.