US Wind; Maryland Offshore Wind Project Construction and Operations Plan

MD - Maryland's First Offshore Wind Project Enters Permitting Process

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct an environmental review of US Wind’s offshore wind project in Maryland, the first proposed wind energy project offshore the state’s coast and the tenth offshore wind review of this kind initiated under the Biden-Harris administration.

The company is proposing to install up to 121 turbines and up to four offshore substation platforms to build a project that would have generation capacity of between 1.1 GW and 2 GW, according to the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP).

The project is proposed to be interconnected to the onshore electric grid by up to four new 230 kV export cables into a substation in Delaware.

If approved, the development and construction phases of US Wind’s project could support up to an estimated 2,679 jobs annually over seven years, according to a press release from the US Department of the Interior (DOI).

US Wind holds the rights for the approximately 80,000-hectare lease area in the Maryland Wind Energy Area, located some ten nautical miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, and around nine nautical miles offshore Sussex County, Delaware.

The company was awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) in 2017 for the first, 270 MW phase of its lease area, called MarWin, which is anticipated to come online in 2024. In December 2021, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) awarded ORECs to US Wind’s 808.5 MW Momentum Wind, expected to be operational before the end of 2026.

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