Ørsted submits bid to develop offshore wind project in Maryland
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Ørsted submits bid to develop offshore wind project in Maryland

08 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 8th, 2021 12:25)

Ørsted’s proposal could position Maryland as a significant player in the offshore wind supply chain.

Danish energy company Ørsted has submitted a bid to the Maryland Public Service Commission to build a proposed 760MW offshore wind project.

The company’s bid submission to develop the Skipjack Wind II project comes in response to the Commission’s call for Round II offshore wind project proposals.

Through these proposals, the Commission could award at least 1,200MW of offshore wind renewable energy credits.

In addition to Skipjack Wind II, Ørsted proposed significant manufacturing operations intended to help Maryland position itself as a significant player in the offshore wind supply chain.

The company has committed to environmental justice initiatives that will help overburdened and underserved communities in the state to access opportunities presented by the offshore wind industry.

The Skipjack Wind II project will also provide educational resources in partnership with local school districts, communities and universities.

These will support the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming and workforce training initiatives.

Building on Ørsted’s agreement with the North American Building Trades Union and the Baltimore-DC Metro Building and Construction Trades Council, the project will bring organised labour into both the onshore and offshore construction segments.

Ørsted North America Offshore CEO David Hardy said: “We’re 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’re making to the state are designed to provide long-term benefits to all of the communities that will be home to our facilities.”

Ørsted is currently developing the Skipjack Wind Farm I, a 120MW project off the Maryland-Delaware coast. The project is scheduled to come online in the second quarter of 2026.

Earlier this month, the company and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind were collectively granted 2,658MW of offshore wind capacity by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).