Offshore Wind Energy in Maryland

OSW farm with fishing boat.JPG
 

Maryland can secure new renewable energy and economic benefits by developing offshore wind energy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates offshore wind could generate roughly twice the amount of electricity the nation consumes annually, with 80 percent of the demand consumed in major cities along the coasts. Offshore wind projects can help revitalize sectors of Maryland’s economy such as manufacturing, maritime, and port logisitics industries while creating thousands of high paying jobs. Further, developing Maryland’s offshore wind resources will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating positive economic activity.

In an effort to encourage offshore wind development off Maryland’s coast, the State passed and signed into law the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. This initiative revised the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal to source 25 percent of all electricity consumed in the State from renewable energy by the year 2020 and ​created a “carve-out” for offshore wind not to exceed 2.5 percent (about 500 MW) of the overall RPS. In November 2016, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) began reviewing two proposed projects submitted by Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC (Ørsted, A/S) and US Wind, Inc. (Round 1 Projects) which total 368 MW. On May 11, 2017, the PSC announced in Order No. 88192 that both projects were approved with conditions. These projects are estimated to create 9,700 direct, indirect, and induced full time equivalent jobs and result in more than $500 million of in-state expenditures including $120 million for port infrastrucutre and steel fabrication investments. 

The RPS was revised again in 2019 through the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) which increased Marylands overall RPS to 50 percent by 2030 and increased the offshore wind carve-out to 10 percent of all in state electicity sales. CEJA also requires Maryland to procure at least 1,200 MW of offshore wind capacity through three new rounds of offshore wind procurement. In July, 2021, the PSC initaited the first procurement and began reviewing five proposed projects submitted by Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC (Ørsted A/S) and US Wind, Inc (Round 2 Projects). The PSC is expected to complete its review and issue a decision for the Round 2 projects by December 18, 2021. 

MEA Offshore Wind Grant Programs 

The Maryland Energy Administration has funding opportunities available to businesses, including minority owned emerging businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, labor unions, and state, local, and municipal governments to help establish an offshore wind supply chain and experienced workforce. 

Click on the links below to learn more about these unique opportunities.

Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program

Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program​

MEA Offshore Wind Research

MEA supports research initiatives which facilitate offshore wind development and scientific understanding of the environment, wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems present on the mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

Click on the link below to learn more about these initiatives.

Research Supporting Offshore Wind Development​​

Resources

MEA has compiled a number of useful resources that will help you understand the basics of wind energy, deployment of small and community scale wind projects, and how you can plan a career in the wind energy industry.  

Wind Energy Resources

Contact:

For questions, suggestions or more information, please contact MEA Wind Program by e-mail at wind.mea@maryland.gov​ or by phone at 410-537-4000. ​​​