The Connecticut House of Representatives has voted 134 to 10 in favour of legislation that would see state buy or develop up to 2GW of offshore wind power.
The proposed legislation now goes to the state’s Senate for consideration.
Connecticut governor Ned Lamont said: “Our administration is working hard to put Connecticut in a place to become the centre hub of the offshore wind industry in New England, and this legislation moves us one step closer to making that a reality.
“Our valuable shoreline has the potential to provide multiple benefits to Connecticut residents – by delivering zero carbon renewable energy, we can increase the regional grid’s fuel security and make significant progress toward meeting our climate goals, all while driving economic growth and creating good jobs.
“This is an opportunity that we cannot squander, and the growing, unified momentum behind this bill shows just how important this is to Connecticut.
“I’ve spoken with numerous members of the Senate about this bill, and I am confident that we can get it approved in that chamber so that I can sign it into law.”