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Connecticut picks Deepwater Wind to supply 200 MW of offshore wind

Houston — Connecticut officials have chosen Deepwater Wind to provide distributionutilities with 200 MW from the developer's 600-MW Revolution WindOffshore project.

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Out of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection'sclean energy request for proposals, Connecticut on Wednesday selectedmore than 250 MW of renewable energy projects, including 52 MW of fuelcell projects from developers including a Connecticut-headquartered fuelcell division of Korea-based conglomerate Doosan Heavy Industries &Construction, Bloom Energy and FuelCell Energy, plus a 1.6-MW anaerobicdigestion facility.

Developers of the selected projects will negotiate with utilitiesEversource Energy and United Illuminating, an Avangrid subsidiary, on20-year power contracts. Any contracts will be subject to ConnecticutPublic Utilities Regulatory Authority approval.

The Revolution Wind facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of2023, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. In addition tosupplying electricity to Connecticut, Deepwater Wind said it will investin the New London, Connecticut, State Pier to improve the port'sinfrastructure and enable the city to become an attractive economicoffshore wind hub for other projects.

Robert Klee, the state energy department's commissioner, said in aWednesday statement that the winning six projects accomplish his team'sgoal of providing cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy to stateresidents and businesses. "Offshore wind, anaerobic digestion and fuelcells are the clean, resilient and diverse energy sources that our stateand nation need," he said. "Connecticut is showing the rest of the nationwhat the future of clean energy looks like."

The Connecticut selection is the second for Deepwater's Revolution Windproject. In May, 400 MW from the project were selected in Rhode Island'soffshore wind request for proposals. That same day as the Rhode Islanddecision, Massachusetts officials announced they had selected VineyardWind's 800-MW Vineyard Offshore Wind Project to deliver electricity toresidents.

The wave of announcements has indicated to clean energy proponents thatNew England will be the market leader for the emerging energy industry.Currently, Deepwater Wind's 30-MW Block Island Offshore Wind is the onlyoperating project of its kind in the US, but the northeastern USdecisions say to renewable energy advocates that offshore wind is readyto take off in the US.

"With demand for 1,400 megawatts of US offshore wind announced in lessthan a month, there's a golden opportunity for heavy manufacturingcompanies and shipbuilders to invest in American jobs, factories andinfrastructure," Nancy Sopko, the American Wind Energy Association'sdirector of offshore wind, said in a statement. --Ellen Meyers, S&P Global Market Intelligence,

--Edited by Gail Roberts,