US Wind makes Maryland case

Source: By ReNews • Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016

Developer US Wind has expressed confidence in having submitted a winning application to develop a 250MW offshore wind farm in Maryland.

The local company, one of the two seeking state funding for the technology, said its proposal will bring an entire industry to the area and create thousands of construction jobs.

US Wind wants to make Maryland the East Coast hub for offshore wind, it said.

The developer has already spent more than $20m on its proposal, which is the first phase of an 750MW scheme in the state’s commercial lease area.

Maryland regulators began a 180-day review of the two offshore wind proposals that are vying for renewable energy credits yesterday.

“We welcome the competition but we feel our proposal is superior in every way,” US Wind project development director Paul Rich said.

“We have a quicker timeline and our project will provide more clean energy for the state, construct more turbines, create more local steel manufacturing and fabrication jobs, generate more economic benefits and provide the best deal for Maryland ratepayers.

“We are the only applicant that has developed detailed engineering designs, conducted multiple offshore marine surveys, built strong ties to Eastern Shore and Baltimore stakeholders, identified prime areas of industrial manufacturing development and applied for the necessary interconnection queue positions from the power grid.”