US Wind won the tender promoted by the State of Maryland for the supply of renewable energy from offshore wind farms. Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded to Us Wind a $3.3 billion contract over 20 years. By 2020 the company will supply energy to about 500,000 households in Maryland, covering 40% of the state’s green energy needs. On August 19th, 2014, the State of Maryland launched an auction for the concession of an 80,000 acre stretch of water awarded to the Toto Group for the development of a 750 MW Offshore wind farm.
Description: The project will leverage US Wind’s extensive international experience to create a sustainable local footprint in the Maryland economy. The plan is to install 187 turbines in 20-30 meters of water, on more than 80,000 acres. A substation will collect the energy from the turbines and transport it to shore using underwater cables. It is divided into 3 sections, each with 250 MW and is expected to produce approximately 750 MW, to meet the needs of 500,000 homes in Maryland. During its life span, the project will support hundreds of highly qualified jobs in engineering, construction and operation.
Location: Maryland – about 7 miles off the coast of Ocean City
MWh: 920,436 year for the first section (250MW)