Ørsted submits Maryland offshore wind bid

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 07/07/2021 Ørsted
Ørsted revealed 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 PSC's call for proposals for Round 2 offshore wind projects, with a view to awarding at least 1,200 MW of Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits.

Ørsted’s proposal is designed to support the development of Skipjack Wind 2 while also committing to manufacturing operations that will enable the State to establish itself in the offshore wind supply chain. This includes supporting environmental justice initiatives that aim to ensure that the state’s overburdened and under-served communities have equal access to the incredible opportunities presented by the offshore wind industry. In partnership with local school districts, communities, and universities, the project will provide resources to support the development of innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming as well as workforce training initiatives.

Building on Ørsted’s agreement with the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU), and the Baltimore - D.C. Metro Building and Construction Trades Council, the project has committed to bringing organised labor into both the onshore and offshore construction. Ørsted claims its continued collaboration and workforce development initiatives with unions will ensure a well-trained and ready workforce.

“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. Ørsted claims that Skipjack Wind 1 will create approximately 1,400 Maryland jobs, spur at least $200 million in Maryland economic investment, and generate energy to power 40,000 homes in the region.

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