The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits to developers U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to build two projects off Maryland's coast.
U.S. Wind will be responsible for developing a 248MW project, located about 12-15 nautical miles offshore. The project will incorporate 62 turbines and will involve an investment of $1.4bn. SkipJack will build a 120MW project about 17-21 nautical miles offshore. The project, estimated to cost $720m, will feature 15 turbines.
The U.S. Wind and Skipjack projects are expected to be operational in January 2020 and November 2022, respectively. The Commission anticipates the projects to reduce carbon footprint by at least 19,000 tonnes every year for 20 years. The projects are also expected to result in the creation of 9,700 new direct and indirect jobs over 20 years.
Commission chairman W. Kevin Hughes said: “The approval today of the first large-scale offshore wind projects in the US brings to fruition the general assembly’s efforts to establish Maryland as a regional hub for this burgeoning industry.
“We have taken great care to ensure that this decision maximises economic and environmental benefits to the state while minimising costs to Maryland ratepayers.”