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Courtney Statement on Agreement Between New London and Offshore Wind Developers

February 26, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today applauded the completion of a Host Community Agreement (HCA) between the City of New London and Northeast Offshore, the Eversource/Orsted partnership supporting the redevelopment of State Pier.

“Today’s announcement of a new agreement between the City of New London and the wind project developers is a long overdue restructuring of payments to New London that is much fairer to the taxpayers of the city,” Rep. Courtney said. “I’ve been in frequent contact with Mayor Passero over the last six months regarding rail access, ferry navigation, and city compensation. His tenacity on fair compensation is justified because of the crucial city support to the State Pier, such as police and fire services, public works, snow plowing, and more. I believe there needed to be a compromise that brings people together, and that will foster stability and certainty, as opposed to endless litigation.”

“New London is the beating heart of our region’s maritime economy, and this deal will ensure it sees a greater benefit from this project—one that its residents deserve,” Courtney continued. “I also want to applaud the efforts of local legislators to stabilize the pilot program, which is also critical to closing the remaining revenue gap of this tax-exempt parcel.”

Congressman Courtney has worked to support the State Pier project by:

  • Pushing for changes in the initial design of the project that would have hampered operations at Cross Sound Ferry, resulting in design changes that both eliminated possible conflicts.
  • Brokering an agreement to retain the intermodal connectivity between the port and the New England Central Rail (NECR) line which just completed an upgrade for the first time in 100 years partly funded by a federal grant that Courtney secured. Click here to read more.
  • Passing federal legislation to deauthorize a small part of the federal channel in the Thames River between the two existing piers to support the creation of a single large pier to enable heavy lift cargo operations – critical not just to the offshore wind industry but to future cargo opportunities.
  • Supporting and securing a five-year extension of federal offshore wind development tax credits, which was not anticipated by the industry and provides a significant financial boost to offshore wind developers.
  • Encouraging officials with the City of New London, State of Connecticut, Eversource and Orsted to complete a long-overdue Host Community Agreement that ensures the city is fairly compensated for the significant scope of work planned at State Pier.

 

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