New London’s State Pier to potentially become offshore wind hub

May 2, 2019

New London — The state has reached a harbor development agreement and announced the start of a 794,790 for the permitting and contract bid development. During that meeting, Noank farmer Kevin Blacker criticized the board’s closed-door negotiations throughout the process.

The completion of the three-year project will be followed by the signing of a 10-year lease agreement with an option to extend for seven years.

The 35.5 million from the state and a 2.5 million to the Port Authority to offset operational costs.

Ørsted previously had committed 35 million as part of the new agreement.

“We look forward to continue working with the state, the City of New London and our partners the Connecticut Port Authority and Gateway Terminal, as we drive towards a green economy, bring more sources of clean energy to Connecticut, and ultimately lower carbon emissions for our planet,” said Thomas Brostrøm, Ørsted president of North America and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind CEO.

The Port Authority also will receive annual 250,000 and 1.5 million over a two-year period — money that is still guaranteed as part of new agreement. Passero said the amount of money the city will receive after two years will be based on the amount of offshore wind power purchased by the state.

As part of the Port Authority’s agreement with Gateway, New London receives 10 percent of the Port Authority’s share of revenue from State Pier — at least 75,000 to help defray costs of municipal services.

“Today our city is emerging as an epicenter of innovation as new businesses and supply chains have invested in our community in preparation for this new industry coming to New London,” Passero said.

State Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, a ranking member of the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, said in a statement, “unleashing State Pier’s vast potential is our collective priority.”

“Our shared goal is to turn New London’s port into the offshore wind capital of the Northeast and open New London to more maritime businesses,” Formica said. “This will continue to be a true team effort and I commend the team on its continued push to turn New London and southeastern Connecticut into a regional hub for green jobs.”