Vineyard Wind joins 2-GW Connecticut offshore wind race

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October 1 (Renewables Now) - Vineyard Wind LLC said on Monday it has taken part in Connecticut’s solicitation for offshore wind projects with a basic 408-MW scheme called Park City Wind and three options with capacities as high as 1,200 MW.

The three larger versions range in size from 800 MW to 1,000 MW and 1,200 MW. The developer plans to install the project in one of its two federally designated lease areas south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC noted that both of these areas would not be visible from any shoreline in Connecticut. 

In what it says is a “dynamic set of project proposals,” Vineyard Wind’s projects are expected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and open thousands of new jobs, mainly in and near Bridgeport. The company added it has sought partnerships with local educational and workforce development organisations in support of the projects.

Yesterday was the deadline for participating in Connecticut’s tender for up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity. The solicitation, launched by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in August, also attracted bids from Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC (EDPR).

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