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    Monday, July 22, 2024

    Ørsted says it will give $2M to local nonprofits if state chooses its new wind farm

    Ørsted, developers of several offshore wind farms in the U.S., on Thursday announced it would pledge $2 million to two nonprofits if its newest wind farm proposal is chosen by Connecticut.

    Ørsted was one of four companies to submit proposals to the state as part of its latest solicitation of renewable energy bids. Ørsted, which is using State Pier in New London as a staging area for several offshore projects, pitched the 1,184-megawatt Starboard Wind project.

    The $2 million would benefit Thames Valley Council for Community Action and the Community Renewal Team. The $1 million to CRT would support ratepayer relief for low-income residents, workforce development and other services, while the $1 million to TVCCA would support low-income residents with an energy assistance fund, energy efficiency and electrification upgrades and childcare programming, Orsted said in a statement.

    “Our mission at Ørsted is not only to build clean energy infrastructure that delivers jobs and economic development, but to ensure that our projects bring tangible benefits in other ways to the communities where we operate,” David Ortiz, Ørsted’s head of government affairs and market strategy for the northeast, said in a statement. “Partnering with TVCCA and CRT allows us to deepen the impact we’re making in Connecticut communities. We are committed to supporting Connecticut's transition to a sustainable future and enhancing the quality of life for its residents."

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