Three States Sign First-Time Agreement for Multi-State Offshore Wind Procurement
(HARTFORD, CT) – Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island today announced New England’s first offshore wind multi-state coordination memorandum of understanding (MOU), which creates a pathway for a potential coordinated selection of offshore wind as each state solicits offshore wind energy generation through their respective state procurements….[they] will amplify efforts to foster regional economic development, create high-paying, in-demand jobs, and promote environmental justice and equity.
Public-Private Partnership: Launching ‘Connecticut Wind Collaborative’
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the publication of Connecticut’s first strategic roadmap for economic development in the offshore wind industry, which will be supported by a newly-formed public-private group known as the Connecticut Wind Collaborative.
The roadmap can be downloaded online at portal.ct.gov/offshorewind.
What is the Connecticut Wind Collaborative (CWC)?
The Connecticut Wind Collaborative is a new non-profit organization comprised of offshore wind leaders from across the government, private and public sectors, and academia, established to support collaboration, investment, and innovation in Connecticut’s offshore wind industry. Additional details regarding the CWC and its activities will be released at a future date.
Lamont said, “…..Our administration is focused on building an offshore wind ecosystem that boosts local economies while also providing families and industries with clean, reliable, and affordable power.”
“Connecticut is already a central hub for offshore wind development,” DECD Commissioner Alexandra Daum said. “Every aspect of this industry – from research to assembly to maintenance – has the ability to bring economic opportunities to communities across Connecticut. The development of the roadmap and the formation of the collaborative are critical to fully capitalizing on the economic opportunities this sector will generate in the years ahead.”
“Offshore wind is an important tool in our toolbox to provide clean, affordable, and reliable energy to the residents and businesses of Connecticut, and to achieve our statutory target of 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2040,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said.