Dominion eyes offshore Maryland

Utility holding company Dominion today filed with the US Interior Department (DOI) to be among the bidders seeking commercial wind energy development in two lease areas off the coast of Maryland.

In December, DOI announced a proposed “notice of sale” for the 132.3sq km North Area and 190.1sq km South Area. Each area contains five whole blocks and some partial ones.  The areas are located between 18.5km and 42.5km from shore off Ocean City.

Based on an analysis done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), both areas if fully developed, could support 850MW and 1.45GW of commercial wind generation, respectively,  enough electricity for 300,000 average-sized Maryland homes.

A 60-day public comment period on the proposed “notice of sale” ended today. DOI’s Bureau of Log in to read complete article.

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