Chamber of commerce releases study on opportunities from offshore wind

The report, “Embracing the Potential of Offshore Wind in Connecticut: a Study of Opportunities and Challenges,” was commissioned by offshore wind partners Ørsted and Eversource, the team funding a portion of the $235 million reconstruction of State Pier in New London. The study was overseen by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, which hired McAllister Marine Engineering LLC of Rhode Island to complete the study. Just how many future jobs will be created remains a question. The study projects, based on current state commitments to wind power, 127 direct jobs statewide, 410 indirect jobs and 174 “induced jobs,” or those created by a boost to the local economy. To capture local talent, the study urges the development of workforce training programs.

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