December 26 (Renewables Now) - Connecticut regulators have approved an off-take deal for part of the output of Ørsted US Offshore Wind’s 600-MW Revolution Wind project in federal waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The scheme was selected in a competitive procurement round in June to supply 200 MW of power to Connecticut. Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), which acquired the project’s developer Deepwater Wind in October, said on Thursday it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Connecticut utilities Eversource and United Illuminating. The PPA has now been cleared by the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
The Revolution Wind farm will be located on a federal lease site between Montauk, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, around 15 miles (24km) south of the Rhode Island coast. Having finalised the PPA, Ørsted plans to kick off installation works in 2022, targeting completion a year later. Offshore oceanographic and geophysical studies have already been initiated.
The contracted capacity in Connecticut will be enough to meet the demand of 100,000 local homes and mitigate 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The remaining 400 MW of the wind farm’s output will be sold to utilities in Rhode Island, following a clean energy solicitation held earlier this year.