Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Maryland regulators OK nation's largest offshore wind plan

Waters off the coast of Maryland will be home to not one but two offshore wind farms under a decision issued Maryland regulators OK nation's largest offshore wind plan
Carol Daniels | 13 May, 2017, 10:31

Maryland set a course to become one of the top offshore wind developers after opening a docket at the end of a year ago to review two proposed projects.

The $1.375bn US Wind facility is expected to be operational in early 2020, while the operation of the $720m Skipjack wind power project is anticipated to begin near the end of 2022.

Block Island residents, who are now connected to the larger grid will enjoy not only cleaner energy, but also lower and more predictable electric bills.

The PSC's Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

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"As we review the details of the commission's order, we thank the Public Service Commission for the trust that they have placed in Deepwater Wind", CEO Jeff Grybowski said in a statement.

Three companies to date have acquired lease rights to build projects off the coast, including Vineyard Wind. As of May 1, Block Island is the first location in the U.S.to be powered by an offshore wind farm - a wind farm that has eliminated the need for a diesel plant that was burning about one million gallons of dirty diesel fuel annually. U.S. Wind, headquartered in Boston, is a subsdiary of Italy's Toto Holding.

An analysis conducted for the PSC estimated the ORECs will cost residential customers less than $1.40/month and boost rates for commercial and industrial customers by less than 1.4% - below the limit set by the legislature in the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

The project is expected to create a total of 75-100 maintenance and administrative jobs in Eemshaven, a seaport in the municipality of Groningen.

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