Top Stories 2018: New London becomes player in offshore wind
The developer of the first U.S. offshore wind farm and the world's largest offshore wind company share a vision of New London as a world-class installation harbor for upcoming projects along the East Coast.
With Block Island Wind Farm developer Deepwater Wind recently acquired by Denmark-based Orsted, executives say the stage is set for long-term economic development in the New London region as the companies pool resources, talent and several offshore areas leased through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The upcoming projects come as several states are procuring offshore wind power and as Connecticut looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy production. But how many local jobs will be created and whether manufacturers come to the area remain to be seen. Project costs and prices for ratepayers are not yet publicly available.
Regulators on Friday announced winning proposals from energy producers in the state's first zero-carbon energy auction, including an expansion of large wind farm planned by Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind. Local officials also anxiously await Connecticut Port Authority's selection of an operator for State Pier, with New Haven-based Gateway Terminal teaming up with Orsted on a multiyear proposal.
Stories that may interest you
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Sheridan told The Day's Editorial Board on Monday that increased awareness is needed for the offshore wind industry so residents can see its potential for themselves and the region.
Sports wagering was down last month compared to November as bettors claim more winnings
The Board of Education has teamed up with the City Council to explore ways to financially reward teachers and other city employees who purchase a home in the city.
Norwich and New London marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday in different ways, with New London religious leaders opting for an online event, while Norwich participants donned winter coats, hats and masks, to attend the unveiling of a mural honoring human rights figures.