Bay State Wind Answers Offshore Wind Call in Connecticut
Ørsted and Eversource have through their joint venture, Bay State Wind LLC, submitted a bid to build Connecticut’s first offshore wind farm, in response to the state’s request for proposals for offshore wind energy generation.
The approximately 200-megawatt project – Constitution Wind – will be located 65 miles off the coast of New London in federal waters. It would be the first project of its kind to serve the state of Connecticut.
“Constitution Wind will bring the most experienced, dependable partners together to help New England lead the way in North America’s renewable energy industry,” said Ørsted President of North America Thomas Brostrøm.
“At Ørsted we are the global leader with 23 successful offshore wind farms developed across the world, representing 27 percent of worldwide offshore wind capacity. We are excited to combine that experience with Eversource’s longstanding local experience. And together we have unbeatable financial strength.”
Ørsted will develop and construct the offshore generation and transmission assets, and Eversource will develop and construct the project’s onshore transmission system.
“We are confident that Constitution Wind represents Connecticut’s strongest opportunity to meet its clean energy goals and become a national leader in offshore wind,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré.
“Our sophisticated understanding of New England’s electrical grid will pair with Ørsted’s extensive offshore experience to bring clean energy to Connecticut consumers effectively and efficiently.”
Bay State Wind launched a partnership in December 2016 to jointly develop, construct and operate a utility-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts.