BOEM Advances Permitting of Connecticut’s Largest Offshore Wind Project

Source: 6/30/2021, Location: North America

- 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.

AVANGRID, Inc. confirmed that the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to proceed with an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Park City Wind project, an 804 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project that is being developed by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The NOI initiates a 30-day public comment period to define the scope of the EIS, the major permitting study required for project approval.

“This is another important milestone for AVANGRID’s portfolio of offshore wind projects,” said AVANGRID CEO Dennis V. Arriola. “We look forward to working with BOEM, the Lamont Administration, community leaders and our partners to successfully develop Park City Wind and deliver clean energy to our home state of Connecticut.”

Park City, the City of Bridgeport’s nickname due to its extensive public parks, was selected in December of 2019 by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The project will be built in a federal lease area located over 60 miles east of Connecticut.

Park City Wind is an historic project for the state of Connecticut as it will:
- 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.

Barnum Landing, a 15-acre parcel located at 525 Seaview Avenue, will also be used during the construction phase of the Park City Wind project which will include storage and assembly of the transition pieces, the portion of the turbine that anchors the body of the machines to the steel foundation. The project has also established a local office, located at 350 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, which will be home to more than a dozen employees focused on project development, community outreach and workforce development.

AVANGRID is headquartered in Orange, Connecticut and has been serving the Constitution State for over a century through its subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas.

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