State sees sustainable future blowing in wind off Ocean City

State sees sustainable future blowing in wind off Ocean City

(Dec. 20, 2013) State and national officials announced on Tuesday a proposed notice of sale for nearly 80,000 acres off Ocean City’s shoreline to be used for commercial wind farm development.

“Today’s announcement brings our state one step closer to harnessing the tremendous potential of offshore wind energy,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley, who made the announcement alongside Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau in Baltimore.

“The development of offshore wind will drive economic development in Maryland, create high-quality, family-supporting jobs for Maryland residents and play a major role in reducing emissions and protecting the environment,” said O’Malley, a longtime champion of the project.

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab found the Ocean City wind farm area could generate between 850 and 1,450 megawatts — enough energy to power roughly 300,000 homes annually, BOEM spokesperson Tracey Moriarty said.

The online auction for the wind farm area, like to be leased as a north zone of 32,737 acres and south zone of 47,970 acres, should take place next year, Moriarty said.

The winner will issue a site assessment plan within six months to BOEM for its approval, and then have four and a half years to submit a detailed construction and operations plan for the site before any turbines go up, Moriarty said.

Lessees will hold the offshore area for a 25-year term, she said.

The site off Ocean City is the third of its kind in the country, with 112,799 offshore acres auctioned in Virginia and 164,750 in Rhode Island and Massachusetts earlier this year.

“Maryland is a leader when it comes to building a sustainable energy future, including the vast wind energy potential along the Atlantic,” Jewell said.

There is a 60-day comment period following the announcement, ongoing through Feb. 18. Visit to submit comments regarding the Maryland Proposed Sale Notice under Docket No. BOEM-2013-0002.

To learn more about the proposed sale notice in Maryland, visit

1 Comment on this Post

  1. alpha2actual

    The Green Coalition has started an interesting movement.
    A combined cycle natural gas turbine plant studied by the DOE completed in 2010 is rated at 570 mw and produces 470 mw, capacity factor 85%. cost $311 MILLION. life cycle 35 years therefore this plant will produce 133 Terawatts life cycle.
    Cape wind project in nantucket sound has been approved. the project will cost $2.6 BILLON, and it has secured funding for $2 billon of that from a japanese bank. but this is believed to be subject to the project gaining a loan guarantee from the u.s. department of energy. the contracted cost of the wind farm’s energy will be 23 cents a kilowatt hour (excluding tax credits, which are unlikely to last the length of the project), which is more than 50% higher than current average electricity prices in massachusetts. the bay state is already the 4th most expensive state for electricity in the nation. even if the tax credits are preserved, $940 million of the $1.6 billion contract represents costs above projections for the likely market price of conventional power. moreover, these costs are just the initial costs they are scheduled to rise by 3.5 percent annually for 15 years. by year 15 the rate will be $.38 per Kilowatt.
    This project is rated at 468 mw and will produce 143 mw after applying a capacity factor of 30.4 % the time the wind actually blows. life cycle is 20 years therefore this project will produce 24.6 Terawatts life cycle.
    Bottom line, $311 Million 133 Terawatts. $2.6 Billion 24 Terawatts.


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