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Bill that could lead to more off-shore wind clears House

Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward passing legislation that could lead to more off-shore wind farms.

A bill authorizing state officials to solicit 2,000 megawatts of electricity - 30% of Connecticut's entire energy load - from off-shore wind sources cleared the House of Representatives Tuesday, 134-to-10.

Energy Committee chair Danbury Representative David Arctoni says the bill will help Connecticut meet its future energy needs and lead to good-paying jobs.  He says this measure will generate enormous economic potential in a field of green energy that remains untapped in Connecticut.

But critics say they worry about the large size of the turbines and whether the fishing industry might be harmed. 

The bill now awaits action in the Senate.