Deepwater Wind to add 200MW for Conn. at Revolution Wind site

PROVIDENCE – Deepwater Wind LLC has been chosen by Connecticut to provide 200 megawatts of energy from the company’s Revolution Wind project, the Conn. Energy and Environmental Protection announced Wednesday.

The project is expected to include roughly 25 wind turbines.

The project will be in addition to the 400 MW generating capacity that Deepwater is building for Rhode Island on the Revolution Wind site announced in May.

At the same time the company committed to invest $15 million into the New London State Pier. Deepwater also will contract with a Connecticut-based boat builder to build one of its crew transfer vessels and has agreed to open a new development office in New London.

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The company also promised that, “significant portions of construction and/or assembly will occur in New London,” including foundation components and the offshore substation.

The company declined to comment on details of the construction of the two neighboring wind farm projects, specifically whether or not construction and assembly for each state’s project would primarily take place in the state related to the project.

A company spokeswoman did say that, “Rhode Island remains our home base, and every offshore wind farm we build in this region will further benefit Rhode Island’s economy.”

In a release Wednesday, the Conn. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the company’s investments in the port were designed to attract additional offshore wind projects to the New London port.

In other agreements, the company promised to develop a research partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus and will enter into a host-community agreement with the city of New London to support offshore wind and economic development.

“Gov. [Dannel] Malloy is setting the course for Connecticut’s clean energy future. We’re proud to partner with Connecticut to help the state achieve its bold renewable energy goals. Our Revolution Wind project will bring hundreds of new direct jobs to Connecticut and deliver affordable, homegrown energy to ratepayers,” said Jeffery Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.