US to lease offshore Maryland

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

The US Interior Department (DOI) will hold a commercial wind energy competitive lease auction in 2014 for two areas in Atlantic Ocean federal waters off Ocean City, Maryland.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday announced the 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.

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 - enough electricity for 300,000 average-sized Maryland homes.

The notice of sale will be published in the Federal Register today, triggering a 60-day public Log in to read complete article.

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