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Avangrid wins backing for 1.9GW New England Wind

RICHARD HEAP

April 2, 2024

Avangrid has won approval from the Biden administration for its 1.9GW New England Wind complex off the coast of US states Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Iberdrola subsidiary last week submitted the offshore wind complex into the tri-state offshore wind tender in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. New England Wind is made up of the 791MW New England 1 project, which was previously called Park City Wind, and the 1.1GW New England 2 project, which was previously called Commonwealth Wind.

The developer has today received a federal Record of Decision for the complex from the US federal government’s Department of the Interior.

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said this meant the Biden administration has approved more than 10GW of offshore wind projects in the US since coming to power in January 2021.

Pedro Azagra Blázquez, chief executive at Avangrid, said: “With this federal approval, New England Wind stands apart as the most advanced and shovel-ready offshore wind opportunity in the Northeast region. We are grateful to our many supporters and stakeholders that participated in the federal permitting process, and look forward to continued engagement as we work to bring thousands of well-paying jobs and clean, reliable power to New England.”

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