Connecticut’s Gov. Malloy Selects Deepwater Wind for 200 MW Offshore Project
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Malloy selection of Deepwater is in addition to the selection by the administration of Governor Gina Raimondo two weeks ago for the Providence headquartered company to build 400 MW project off of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Deepwater's first in the nation Block island project is less than one-sixth the size of the Connecticut project announced. Block Island is a 30 MW project.
“We have an obligation to our children and grandchildren to invest in energy projects that reduce the impacts of harmful emissions,” said Governor Malloy. “That’s why Connecticut is making investments in the technologies of the future, not of the past. These projects will result in thousands of new Connecticut jobs, helping to grow our economy, while doing so in a clean and sustainable way.”
“Governor Malloy is setting the course for Connecticut’s clean energy future. We’re proud to partner with Connecticut to help the state achieve its bold renewable energy goals. Our Revolution Wind project will bring hundreds of new direct jobs to Connecticut and deliver affordable, homegrown energy to ratepayers,” said Jeffery Grybowski, CEO Deepwater Wind.
Deepwater is anticipating 800 construction jobs and 50 full-time positions according to the Raimondo administration announcement.
-Along with neighboring states in the region, we have achieved a historic offshore wind purchase totaling 1400 MW (800MW by Massachusetts, 400MW by Rhode Island, and 200MW by Connecticut). Connecticut’s authority under Public Act 17-144 for offshore wind is limited to 3% of the Connecticut Electric Distribution Companies’ total electric load, and Connecticut has selected that full amount.
Deepwater Wind made specific commitments around job development and use of the Port of New London, including:
- At least $15,000,000 investment in the New London State Pier to allow substantial aspects of the project to be constructed in New London spurring significant economic development during construction and attracting additional offshore wind projects to take advantage of the investments.
- Significant portions of construction and/or assembly will occur in New London, including foundation components (known as “Secondary Steel”) and the offshore substation.
- Contracting with a Connecticut-based boat builder to construct one of the project’s crew transfer vessels in Connecticut.
- Opening and staffing a new development office in New London.
- Entering into a host-community agreement with the City of New London to support offshore wind and economic development.
- Consulting with the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board and their existing workforce programs for opportunities for workforce development.
- Developing a strong research partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus.
- Providing local businesses with opportunities to participate in the development process that will include local content targets established in consultation with the State.
This selection is expected to lead to the creation of over 1,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs, according to Deepwater and CT officials.
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