Connecticut Plans $15M in Port Upgrades to Support Offshore Wind Industry

Connecticut will invest $15 million to update one of its major ports to help in the deployment of equipment and workers for offshore wind projects on the East Coast.

Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday said the funds will be used at the port in New London, Connecticut, for demolition of selected structures, site improvements, storm water treatment and drainage improvements, upgrades to increase laydown capabilities, construction of a heavy lift pad, improvements to load bearing capacity, and replacement of mooring dolphins.

“In the next 12 years, we expect to see 7-8 GW of new, offshore wind power come online in the northeast alone,” Malloy said in a statement. “With that new energy comes real economic opportunities for our region. As a result of these improvements, New London will be the perfect location to support the expansion of offshore wind.”

Related: Here’s What It Takes to Be a Leader in the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain

The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) will oversee the project. CPA said that work has already begun on preliminary planning for the upgrades.

Last week, Virginia released a request for proposals to develop a plan that will strengthen the state’s coastal assets that could support the supply chain for offshore wind.

Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is asking for expertise in developing a report that analyzes the state’s current maritime infrastructure and assets; identifies how to leverage Virginia’s advantages; and provides recommendations on alleviating barriers.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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