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Connecticut One Step Closer To Offshore Wind Power

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Peter Dejong
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AP

Monday was the deadline for bids on proposals for offshore wind farms to supply power to Connecticut.

Energy company Eversource and Danish wind farm manufacturer Orsted submitted several versions of a project called Constitution Wind. It would be located 65 miles off the coast of New London and would have the capacity to power up to half a million homes.

“We see this as the state taking a major step towards delivering on clean energy goals, but also we see it as a meaningful economic development opportunity for the state as this new industry comes into the U.S.,” said Eversource’s Mike Ausere.

Massachusetts-based Vineyard Wind submitted several versions of a proposed wind farm called Park City Wind, based in Bridgeport. The versions range from 400 to 1,200 megawatts. Shell and Spanish company EDPR also submitted a bid for a project called Mayflower Wind.

The state’s request for proposals calls for up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity.