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The US State of Connecticut issues RfPs for 2 GW of offshore wind capacity

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) of the US State of Connecticut has announced two Requests for Proposals (RfPs) aimed at expanding the state’s zero-carbon electricity supply. The first solicitation invites proposals for up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity, part of a collaborative effort with Massachusetts and Rhode Island to collectively procure up to 6.8 GW of offshore wind. The second RfP opens the floor to a variety of renewable energy sources, targeting a contribution of around 15% to the state’s electricity load (3,975 GWh) with green power from solar, onshore wind, geothermal, and other zero-carbon resources. Bidders must adhere to these provisions and submit their proposals by January 31, 2024. The selected projects should then enter into contracts with Connecticut’s electric distribution companies.

These solicitations are in line with Connecticut’s strategy to transition to a zero-carbon electric grid by 2040 and to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  Moreover, Connecticut is preparing to advance its green energy infrastructure with a future solicitation for energy storage capacity, aimed at operationalizing 1,000 MW by the end of the decade. The state is also expecting to start receiving electricity from the 704 MW Revolution Wind farm by 2025, which should provide power to Connecticut under previously signed agreements.

At the federal level, the United States aims for 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 15 GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2035 (only 42 MW were operational at the end of 2022).