Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has approved a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ørsted US Offshore Wind for its Revolution Wind development.
Under the 20-year PPA with Connecticut utilities Eversource and United Illuminating, the project will deliver 200 MW of clean energy to Connecticut – enough renewable energy to power 100,000 homes.
“Connecticut is now an important player in America’s offshore wind industry,” states Jeffrey Grybowski, co-CEO of Ørsted US Offshore Wind. “We’re proud to be building the state’s first offshore wind farm. We’re ready to make major investments in our local workforce and in the Port of New London to ramp up this project.”
With the power contract now finalized, Ørsted will accelerate development work on Revolution Wind, which totals 600 MW. Offshore installation work is expected to begin in 2022, with the project in operation in 2023. Offshore oceanographic and geophysical survey work already began this year.
Deepwater Wind – now Ørsted US Offshore Wind – previously committed to investing at least $15 million in the Port of New London to allow substantial aspects of Revolution Wind to be constructed in the city of New London. The company also plans to open a development office in New London and use a Connecticut-based boat builder to construct one for the project’s crew transfer vessels in Connecticut.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection selected the Ørsted US Offshore Wind (then Deepwater Wind) project in June in the state’s first procurement for offshore wind energy.
Revolution Wind, to be located in federal waters roughly halfway between Montauk, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., is designed to serve as a regional energy center. Rhode Island separately selected 400 MW from Revolution Wind.
Ørsted acquired Deepwater Wind in October, creating Ørsted US Offshore Wind, jointly based in Providence, R.I., and Boston.