The state of Maryland upped its round 2 solicitation award from 1.2GW to 1.6GW in a surprise move that enables US Wind and Orsted to deliver power from more than 800MW of capacity, with the former setting a new record-low US offshore wind price.

Maryland’s two incumbent developers had each pledged over $500m in in-state investment and procurement contingent on at least 800MW in offshore renewable energy credit (OREC) awards. But with only 1.2GW on offer by the state, it seemed inevitable one bidder would win a larger volume, resulting in a smaller investment by the lower award recipient.