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Lamont announces $500 thousand for Connecticut offshore wind

Gov. Ned Lamont
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public

Governor Ned Lamont said Connecticut has been awarded a half a million dollars to continue planning to strengthen the offshore wind industry.

The money is part of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Other states across the country are competing for federal dollars.

A coalition of industry leaders and the state submitted six projects that support manufacturing, training and education programs, and would provide waterfront industrial sites for the production and operation of wind turbines. 

This first round of funding allows Connecticut to expand on those proposals. Funding in round two could bring in up to $100 million for the state to put those plans into action. The state said it plans to partner with Massachusetts and Rhode Island in joint projects going forward.

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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's afternoon news editor. Formally WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Press News Group newspapers. He also hosted, produced and engineered award-winning programs at WUSB Stony Brook. An avid fencer in his free time, J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
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