Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on June 7 authorized the state to purchase up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy to be put in place by 2030, about 30% of its load.

The state will issue a draft request for proposals on July 1. Each bidder must submit at least one proposal for a minimum of 400 MW, to be built under a project labor pact.

Selection will be based on best price and added economic development.

A U.S. unit of Denmark’s Orsted A/S and utility Eversource already committed to a $93-million upgrade of the New London port when it won a 300-MW project from the state in December.