Bill that could lead to more off-shore wind clears House

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Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward passing legislation that could lead to more off-shore wind farms.

A bill authorizing state officials to solicit 2,000 megawatts of electricity — 30% of Connecticut’s entire energy load — from off-shore wind sources cleared the House of Representatives Tuesday, 134-to-10. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.

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Tuesday’s action follows Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent announcement of a $93 million public-private investment at State Pier in New London. That plan calls for upgrading the pier’s infrastructure so it can accommodate wind turbine generator assembly and staging.

Proponents say the bill will help Connecticut meet its future energy needs and lead to good-paying jobs. But critics say they worry about the large size of the turbines and whether the fishing industry might be harmed.

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