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Vineyard Wind Selected As Developer For Bridgeport Offshore Wind Hub

Michael Dwyer
Three of five turbines stand in the water off Block Island, R.I, the nation's first offshore wind farm, in 2016.

Connecticut has chosen a Massachusetts-based company called Vineyard Wind to bring more than 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the state.

The company’s project is called Park City Wind. It’s a hub planned for Bridgeport Harbor that will bring in energy from a wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard.

“With this project we can demonstrate that we can deliver clean energy, being developed responsibly, but also very affordable energy,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it’s the single biggest renewable energy purchase in the state’s history. The project is expected to provide about 14% of the state’s energy.

Vineyard Wind says it will invest nearly $900 million in economic development in Bridgeport Harbor and the surrounding area.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said it will be incredible for the city.

“It’s gonna be hundreds of good paying jobs, bringing this port back to life. Over the next two, three years I think it’ll be transformative.”

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said the project will rejuvenate the city’s economy.