Delaware got an early start on offshore wind power, with developer Bluewater Wind securing the nation’s first lease for a federal offshore wind energy area in 2012. The project has since stalled but immense potential remains – Delaware could ultimately harness offshore wind power for nearly 2 million homes!
- May 2017: The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Deepwater/Skipjack Offshore Energy and US Wind offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) enabling them to move forward with their proposals to build 368 megawatts of offshore wind located off the coast of Ocean City and Delaware. Learn more.
- November 2016: The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) began the 180-day proceeding to evaluate offshore wind project proposals submitted by U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind. The Deepwater Wind proposal would provide power from the area it acquired in Delaware.
- November 2016: Deepwater Wind, the developer that built America’s first offshore wind power project in Rhode Island, acquired the lease previously held by Bluewater Wind.
- February 2012: The Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) published a Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
- For maps and the latest updates on the federal offshore wind leasing and permitting process off the coast of Delaware, visit the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management‘s Delaware page.