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Offshore Wind Takes Major Step Forward in Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Connecticut has selected over 250 MW of clean and renewable energy projects – including 200 MW of offshore wind from Deepwater Wind’s Revolution Wind Project. This will be on top of the 400 MW from the same project already selected by Rhode Island. Combined with the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project selected by Massachusetts and the already-spinning Block Island Wind Project, New England now has 1,430 MW built or in contract negotiations, with much more on the horizon in the years ahead.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

"It’s been an incredible month for U.S offshore wind power and we applaud Gov. Malloy for joining the region’s leaders in launching this new industry that can deliver cost-effective, reliable, job-creating clean energy to New England. Responsibly developed offshore wind power is one the largest sources of wildlife-friendly electricity available, and we are thrilled to see this innovative state collaboration to bring costs down and create increased local investment opportunities for communities across the region.

"The National Wildlife Federation congratulates Deepwater Wind on their recent successes and will continue to work with these and other industry leaders to ensure that all offshore wind projects are built and operated with strong protections in place for wildlife. Now is the time for bold action to protect wildlife and communities from the dangers of climate change, and today’s action by Connecticut is exactly the kind leadership needed to bring a critically needed climate solution online."

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