November 22, 2009

Offshore Wind Farms

. . . may be coming our way.

The mid-Atlantic coast is prime for wind farms if the funding and regulatory hurdles are handled, according to three area governors.

In a recent joint announcement, Virginia's governor Tim Kaine, Maryland's Martin O’Malley, and Delawares's Jack Markell signed a tri-state partnership agreement to encourage off-shore wind energy along the mid-Atlantic coast. How to transmit the electricity inland from off-shore wind farms will be a major challenge.

Delaware has been working with Bluewater Wind to get things going off 13 miles away from Rehoboth Beach. New Jersey is also working with Bluewater and two other companies to develop wind farms off its coast.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the Maryland Energy Administration is looking at building windmills a dozen or more miles off the state's 31-mile Atlantic coastline.
“With our extensive coastline and highly-educated workforce, Virginia is particularly well-suited to explore offshore wind energy opportunities,” said Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine. “In these tough economic times, it's more important than ever that we invest in renewable energy sources that will create jobs and provide cleaner, more affordable energy for our families and communities. One of the best things we can do to lift ourselves out of a challenging economy today is to invest in a greener, cleaner tomorrow.”