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Running Like the Wind

October has been a big month of firsts for wind technology in the East!

First, internet giant Google and a New York financial firm entered into a major investment to fund a proposed transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms in the Atlantic. The Atlantic Wind Connection is planned to cover a 350-mile stretch along the Atlantic running from northern New Jersey to Virginia and will have the capacity of 6,000 megawatts—enough to serve 1.9 million households.  A first-of-its-kind effort, this innovative endeavor will take advantage of the abundant wind supply off the Atlantic and generate a local clean energy supply, thus reducing our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. The Atlantic Wind Connection will also enable thousands of jobs in the United States.

The next advancement in wind technology is Connecticut’s own (as well as a Connecticut Innovations and Connecticut Clean Tech investment) Optiwind.  Optiwind has created its first wind turbine to power Klug Hill Farm in Torrington.  The turbine began generating power earlier this month, with an expected output of 150 kilowatt hours—more than enough to power the farm and the rest getting sent back to the power grid.  Optiwind’s turbine design is for low-wind zones, perfect for this location in Torrington.

Last but certainly not least… Phoenix Press Inc., a family-owned printing company in New Haven, received a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week. Phoenix Press was one of only two entities in the United States to receive this award for on-site generation. The other winner was the City of San Francisco.  The company’s 100-kilowatt wind turbine, which was funded in part by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, is the first commercial wind turbine in the state.  The turbine stands tall near the Q Bridge along I-95 as a symbol of education and awareness of clean energy for the state.  As the national award proves, we all have the power to make a difference!

Jillian Carbone
Project Associate

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