Ørsted Submits Bid in Response to Maryland's Call for Offshore Wind Projects
Annapolis, Maryland – Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind development, announced today that it has submitted a bid to the Maryland Public Service Commission to develop Skipjack Wind 2, a proposed project of up to 760 MW. The bid is in response to the Commission’s call for proposals for Round 2 offshore wind projects, through which the Commission can award at least 1,200 MW of Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits. The new project will power over 250,000 Delmarva homes.
About Skipjack Wind 2:
“Ørsted is privileged to already be a long-term partner to the state of Maryland as it works to meet its offshore wind goals,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America. “We are proud to build, own, and operate wind farms across the world and will bring that same approach to Maryland. As such, these at least 30-year commitments we are making to the state are designed to provide long-term benefits to all of the communities that will be home to our facilities. In continuing to deliver on our commitments now, and well into the future, we will ensure that Maryland’s offshore wind industry will thrive for decades to come.”
Ørsted is currently developing Skipjack Wind 1, a 120 MW project off the Maryland-Delaware coast that is scheduled to be operational by the second quarter of 2026. The project was awarded during Maryland’s first offshore wind solicitation, commonly referred to as Round 1, in May of 2017. Skipjack Wind 1 will create approximately 1,400 Maryland jobs, spur at least $200 million in Maryland economic investment, and generate enough clean energy to power 40,000 homes in the region.
Ørsted will be hosting a virtual open house on July 19, at 6 p.m. to answer questions from the public about the new expanded project. Individuals interested in attending the open house are encouraged to register via this link.
Ørsted operates 28 offshore wind farms globally including America’s first offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm. Skipjack Wind 2 will help Maryland achieve ambitious renewable energy targets established by the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019, which states that 50 percent of Maryland’s energy must come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
About Ørsted Offshore North America
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights’ 2021 Global 100 index of the most sustainable corporations and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action.
In the United States, Ørsted operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and constructed the two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project – the first turbines to be installed in federal waters. Ørsted has secured over 4,000 MW of additional capacity through six projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ørsted Offshore’s North American business is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs more than 150 people. To learn more visit us.orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@OrstedUS).
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Ørsted Offshore North America