Millions in federal aid to boost offshore wind in Bridgeport

With an infusion of $10.5 million in federal dollars, the city and a private company on the harbor are aiming to make Bridgeport a hub for future offshore wind energy projects. But the direct beneficiary of that federal aid is not Avangrid’s previously ballyhooed Park City Wind project, but instead local shipyard operator Bridgeport Boatworks. But as reported in July, a lease announcement between Park City Wind and the ferry was premature, and, because of re-zoning under Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration, the proposed staging area cannot proceed, though the operations/maintenance building could. Then last week it was announced during Avangrid’s third quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts that Park City Wind’s completion date had been pushed back from 2026 to 2027.

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