Bedford firm chosen to carry out offshore wind study

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Published: 07/31/2022 10:50:23

A Bedford environmental consultancy has been selected to carry out an offshore wind assessment for the state. Normandeau Associates Inc. received approximately $250,000 to complete the study and report.

The Executive Council approved the contract this month on the recommendation of the Department of Energy, which has received offers from two other companies, Power Advisory and VHB.

Normandeau Associates is responsible for assessing the potential impact of offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine on New Hampshire’s economy, environment and energy landscape. The company will be responsible for assessing the impacts of offshore wind on maritime industries, such as recreational and commercial fishing, boating and nature observation. It will also assess the effect of adding offshore wind power to the power grid by looking at the “physical, economic and financial performance of the power system,” according to the ministry’s request.

The contract will be paid for with federal and local tax stimulus funds made available by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Bidders were scored based on employee qualifications, scope of work proposed, experience, cost, and the clarity and quality of their proposals. Normandeau Associates received a score of 91 out of a possible 105, while Power Advisory received a 90 and VHB 77.

The contractor will begin work on the assessment immediately and meet monthly with Department of Energy and Department of Environmental Services staff as requested by the Department.

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