Research Supporting Offshore Wind Development
The State of Maryland has funded research initiatives to help provide critical information necessary when evaluating potential offshore wind deployment. Such initiatives help the State to better understand the physical characteristics, wind resources, and local and migratory wildlife of the mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. Additionally, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has also funded a number of economically-focused studies analyzing Maryland’s port infrastructure, steel fabrication facilities, and offshore wind supply chain.
These research initiatives help provide key information to offshore wind project developers to facilitate the development of Site Assessment Plans (SAP) and Construction and Operations Plans (COP). These plans must be submitted to and approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) prior to project construction.
Included below is a collection of final reports derived from the initiatives referenced above. MEA will update this page as newly completed research becomes available