US-based energy company Avangrid has received a notice of intent (NOI) from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to conduct an environmental impact study (EIS) for the Park City Wind project.
The 804MW offshore wind project is being developed by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in a federal lease area located more than 60 miles east of Connecticut.
The NOI comes with a 30-day public comment period to define the EIS scope, the major permitting study required for the project approval.
Avangrid CEO Dennis Arriola said: “This is another important milestone for Avangrid’s portfolio of offshore wind projects.
“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.”
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The Park City Wind project will have the capacity to supply almost 14% of Connecticut’s electricity and is estimated to generate $890m of direct economic development in the state. It will also support 2,800 full-time equivalent job years.
In December 2019, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) selected Park City as the project’s location.
During the construction phase, Barnum Landing, a 15-acre parcel of land, will be used for storing and assembling the transition pieces.
The transition pieces are the portion of the wind turbine that connects the body of the machines to the steel foundation.
Upon completion, the project will help Connecticut to reach its goal of generating 2,000MW of offshore wind power by 2030.
In May, BOEM issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for Avangrid’s 800MW offshore Vineyard Wind I project.
The ROD serves as the final federal approval for the Avangrid project and enables the start of construction activities on the project this year.