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ORANGE, CONNECTICUT- The “Park City Wind” projects land operations are to be located on the coast of Bridgeport, Connecticut – United States. The project which is being developed by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, (NYSE: AGR), has received a Notice of Intent (NOI) from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to proceed with an Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are developing the project, which has an estimated capacity of 804 megawatts (MW) in a push towards Connecticut’s 2030 goal of 2000 megawatts. Following the publication of the NOI, a 30-day public comment period will be held in order to define the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the major permitting study required for project approval.
The project comes as Connecticut’s second project after and in conjunction with it’s, “Revolution Wind” located on New London coast for land operations including extensive pier and infrastructure construction improvements. The first project along with its counterpart are to be constructed off a well buffered Martha’s Vineyard. Avangrid, voted “World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021” for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute, has been considered anything but by it’s consumers in Connecticut and throughout the NorthEast that have had little voice in regards to the most outrageous price structures in the country for delivery and generation fees. The company which also owns Connecticut’s Natural Gas companies and Eversource has a monopoly on such services and is a major contributor to the States livability problems. A background on Connecticut’s solar and wind issues currently can be found here.
Governor Lamont has been busy on the Biden backed plans to reach its renewable energy goals while also creating new legislation to combat wage theft and state enforcement on providing prevailing wage rates on such projects through SB 999. The construction AEC industry and off shore marine segments are to continue to see a boost in jobs and overall construction spending as the off shore wind projects are taking off to power New England including states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts. New York’s is underway and to be located off the coast of Block Island and to tie in for land operations on Long Island as what’s seems to be a great start towards a new power infrastructure replacing decade old plants.
PARK CITY WIND QUICK FACTS
- Park City Wind Permit Review to Proceed for Second AVANGRID Joint Venture Offshore Wind Project.
- 804 MW Project Will Help Connecticut to Reach Goal of 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Power by 2030.
- Represent the largest and lowest cost purchase of offshore wind energy in state history;
- Provide roughly 14% of the state’s electricity supply;
- Generate an estimated $890 million in direct economic development in Connecticut; and,
- Support 2,800 full-time equivalent (FTE) job years.
Park City, the nickname given to the city of Bridgeport because of its extensive public parks system, was chosen by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in December of this year (DEEP).
Building of the project will take place in a federal lease area located more than 60 miles east of Connecticut.
Barnum Landing, a 15-acre parcel located at 525 Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport – CT, will also be used during the Park City Wind project’s construction phase, which will include the storage and assembly of the turbine’s transition pieces, which connect the turbine’s body to the steel foundation. Additionally, the project has established a local office at 350 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which will house more than a dozen employees who will be responsible for project development, community outreach, and workforce development.