Maryland offshore wind project reaches key milestone

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published its draft environmental impact statement for the construction and operations plan of developer US Wind’s proposed Maryland offshore wind hub.

An artist's impression of what US Wind's Sparrows Point Steel facility might look like

The project would generate up to 2.2GW for the Delmarva Peninsula, in Maryland and Virginia. A 45-day period of public consultation will now begin. 

“Today's announcement represents another milestone under this administration’s commitment to promoting clean energy production and fighting climate change, while ensuring our efforts are done in a transparent and inclusive manner,” said Elizabeth Klein, BOEM’s director.

The Biden administration has a goal to deploy 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. 

Jeff Grybowski, CEO of US Wind , added: “BOEM’s draft environmental impact statement sets us on a path toward starting construction on our offshore wind projects in 2025, putting Maryland’s goals that much closer to reality. We are proud to be the first to deliver this clean energy to Delmarva and look forward to the day we can get steel in the water.”

The project includes three phases, two of which – the 248MW MarWin and 808.5MW Momentum – have offshore renewable energy certificates from Maryland.  The state approved MarWin in 2017and Momentum Wind in 2021. 

US Wind’s proposal for the three-phase project includes installation of up to 121 turbines, up to four offshore substation platforms, one meteorological tower, and up to four offshore export cable corridors with landfall occurring within Delaware Seashore state park.  

The lease area is approximately 16km off Maryland, which has a target of 8.5GW by 2031.

US Wind will also establish Maryland’s first permanent offshore wind component factory – Sparrows Point Steel – to serve the entire US market. 

US Wind is owned by Italy’s Renexia, as well as a subsidiary of Toto Holding and Apollo Global Management.