US Wind holds the lease for an exciting off-shore wind project 12 miles off the coast from Ocean City. With an investment of $2.5 billion, the Maryland project is the largest offshore wind farm in the United States.
The project will leverage US Wind’s extensive international experience to create a local sustainable footprint in Maryland’s economic base.
Plans call for installing 187 total turbines in 20-30 meters of water, over approximately 80,000 acres. A substation will collect the energy from the turbines and transmit the electricity to the shore using underwater cables.
The Maryland project is expected to produce up to 750 MW of power, which will meet 100 percent of Maryland’s off-shore wind renewable energy goals. This is enough power for more than 500,000 Maryland homes.
The project is anticipated to come online in early 2020, with an operational life expectancy of more than 25 years. Over its lifetime the project will support hundreds of highly skilled jobs in engineering, construction and operation.
For more information about the Maryland off shore wind project, see www.boem.gov/Maryland.
The New Jersey Wind Energy Area includes about 343,833 acres, roughly 7 miles off the coast from Atlantic City. US Winds holds the lease for the North Lease Area, which is 183,353 acres.
When constructed, the project will generate upwards of 1,500 MW of renewable energy – enough to power 640,000 homes.
For more information about the New Jersey off shore wind project, see www.boem.gov/new-jersey.
On Nov. 23, 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Call for Information and Nominations to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in four areas offshore South Carolina and to request comments. US Wind responded to this Call for to acquire commercial wind leases in four areas offshore South Carolina. The areas range from 41 to 741 square nautical miles, between three and 35 miles from shore.
The next South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force meeting has been scheduled for May 17, 2016. To access the meeting materials, go to: www.boem.gov/Fifth-South-Carolina-Task-Force-Meeting/.
BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit www.boem.gov/South-Carolina-Environmental-Studies/.
For more information about the South Carolina off shore wind project, see www.boem.gov/South-Carolina.