Published on December 6th, 2016 | by Joshua S Hill0
Deepwater Wind Plans Maryland Offshore Wind Farm As Block Island Nears Operation
December 6th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill
Deepwater Wind, the developer behind America’s first (and currently only) offshore wind farm, has announced plans for a 120 MW wind farm offshore of Maryland, just days before its Block Island project begins generating electricity.
Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm is expected to begin generating electricity any day now, according to reports. Completed earlier this year, the 30 MW project will be America’s first offshore wind farm — hopefully the first of many. Deepwater Wind confirmed additional reports that one of the wind turbines of the project is currently not working — apparently the turbine is not turning. However, Deepwater Wind spokeswoman Meaghan Wims said last Friday that this will not delay the operation of the remaining turbines.
This all comes not long after Deepwater Wind announced plans for the 120 MW Skipjack Wind Farm, a new offshore wind farm that the company is intending to develop off the coast of Maryland. The project would be Maryland’s largest renewable energy project, and would be built in a single construction season. Located more than 17 nautical miles northeast of Ocean City’s coastline, the wind farm would not be visible from the shoreline.
“We’re bringing down the cost of American offshore wind energy in a big way,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “Ratepayers in Maryland will benefit from energy that is both clean and affordable. The Skipjack Wind Farm is the right clean energy solution for Maryland, and we’re ready to get to work.”
Deepwater Wind believes the Skipjack Wind Farm would generate well over $100 million in economic benefits for Maryland, and could begin operations in 2022. This is the company’s third project, with the 90 MW South Fork Wind Farm being developed off the coast of Montauk, New York, which is also expected to begin operations in 2022.