Vineyard Wind is moving ahead with plans to build the 804MW Park City wind power project off Connecticut after the state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (Deep) named it as winner of its latest request for proposals (RFP), advancing a development that will supply almost 15% of the Constitution State’s electricity demand once online.
The developer – a 50:50 joint venture of Iberdrola-owned Avangrid Renewables and Denmark’s Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – will now enter into contract negotiations with the two state electric utilities, The United Illuminating Company and Eversource Energy, to finalise a 20-year power purchase contract.
Park City represents the largest purchase of renewable energy in Connecticut’s history, more than doubling the volume of new zero-carbon renewable energy procured by Deep to date.
“Connecticut is diversifying its offshore wind portfolio with this latest procurement selection, which sets up Connecticut as a regional leader in the creation of a thriving industry that will bring tangible benefits for our state and the entire region,” said governor Ned Lamont, who in June signed into law the public act that cleared the way for the RPF.
Deep commissioner Katie Dykes stated: “The climate crisis is no longer a future problem, and the time for action is now. The selection of this project demonstrates that a zero-carbon electric future is attainable in a relatively short period of time. By leveraging competition, Deep is securing the best value for ratepayers as we advance climate solutions and grow clean energy jobs here in our state.”
Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind, said: “Today’s announcement takes Connecticut one step closer to being the epicenter of the new offshore wind industry, with thriving ports in both Bridgeport and New London.
“We look forward to building on the work already underway with a network of project partners, local officials, the maritime community, other developers, and all stakeholders involved to make Connecticut a hub for the offshore wind industry in the US for decades to come.”
Slated for switch-on in 2025, Park City will replace fossil-fuel plant that would have produced 25 million tonnes of CO2. Vineyard Wind estimates that the project will generate $890m in direct economic development in Connecticut and 2,800 direct full-time employment years.
Liz Burdock, CEO of US offshore wind business network BNOW, said: “This project takes the US offshore wind industry over 9000MW of energy under-development, and is more proof that New England is moving forward on a state and regional basis to drive the industry. This will add significantly to the development of the offshore wind supply chain and economic development all along the coast of New England.”
Burdock noted that in making the award, Connecticut Deep said Vineyard offered a price for Park City that is “lower than any other publicly announced offshore wind project in North America”.
Vineyard in October unveiled a plan to re-develop waterfront industrial property in Bridgeport, to fabricate transition pieces for Park City and a base for an operations and maintenance facility.
The RFP was the state’s third procurement of offshore wind l, with Deep last year agreeing to take procurement from Orsted-Eversource’s 304MW Revolution Wind project.