Ørsted bids for 760-MW Skipjack offshore wind extension off Maryland

A picture from Cathie Associates visit to the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm; Block Island.

July 8 (Renewables Now) - Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has submitted a bid in an offshore wind solicitation in Maryland, proposing an up to 760-MW extension to its Skipjack Wind Farm 1 project off the US East Coast.

The bid for the Skipjack Wind 2 scheme was filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in response to a call for proposals targeting at least 1,200 MW of offshore wind renewable energy certificates (OREC). The Round 2 application window was open through June 21, 2021.

Ørsted said on Wednesday that Skipjack Wind 2 is set to support the original 120-MW Skipjack 1 project, which is being developed 19 miles (30.6 km) off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula and is planned to go online by the second quarter of 2026. The first Skipjack, anticipated to bring at least USD 200 million (EUR 169.5m) in investment to Maryland, was a winner in the state’s Round 1 offshore wind tender back in 2017.

The new proposal comes to support Ørsted’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025 and Maryland’s commitment to source 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030.

“[..] 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,” commented David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America.

At present, Ørsted operates 28 offshore wind farms globally. Among them is the 30-MW Block Island wind farm off Rhode Island, the US’ first operational offshore wind site.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.847)

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