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Maryland regulators OK nation's largest offshore wind plan

Maryland regulators OK nation's largest offshore wind plan

The Maryland Public Service Commission's (MD PSC) approval and financing of US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC's combined 368 MW projects solidify offshore wind as a US industry.

Vineyard Wind plans to begin construction of its project in early 2020, in order to bring the economic development and clean energy benefits of offshore wind to MA as soon as possible. However, in a surprise move, both applicants were given the green light.

Kevin Hughes said the approval "brings to fruition the General Assembly's efforts to establish Maryland as a regional hub for this burgeoning industry".

Deepwater Wind is the developer of the country's first operational offshore wind park - the 30-MW Block Island plant located off the coast of Rhode Island, which went live in December 2016. "88192-Case-No. -9431-Offshore-Wind.pdf">order included more than two dozen conditions, including requirements that the developers create nearly 5,000 direct jobs during the development, construction and operating phases of the projects.

A lovely sight off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.

"I believe this decision creates tremendous opportunities for Maryland", PSC Commissioner Michael Richard said in the statement.

Maryland regulators on Thursday approved plans for the nation's first large-scale offshore wind projects, saying the decision will position the state to be a leader in the developing industry.

The two companies must notify the PSC by May 25 whether they accept the conditions.

Wind turbines off the Maryland coast just got a boost.

The Business Network For Offshore Wind, the leader in building the USA offshore wind supply chain, commends the Maryland Public Service Commission for awarding financing for two offshore wind projects.

The decision could dot the Ocean City horizon with wind turbines as soon as 2020 - and add $1 to monthly residential electricity bills. The company plans on using 85 to 187 model 4-6 MW Turbines. It will connect to the grid at the Indian River Substation in Delaware. Enough wind capacity would be generated to power 531,200 homes. Vineyard Wind's project area is about 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. "We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the Ocean City community about the Skipjack Wind Farm".

Deepwater's 15-turbine Skipjack is based on Siemens 8MW hardware and expected online in November 2022.


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