New Offshore Wind Power Project Proposed for Delaware

Aug 24, 2012

There could be another offshore wind power project in Delaware.

Researchers at the University of Delaware in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado has a proposal for a test project in the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware’s congressional delegation announced their application with the US Department of Energy yesterday along with a letter of support by Secretary Steven Chu.

The Energy Department has offered $180 million for demonstration projects.

In addition, Governor Jack Markell says that Delmarva Power has promised to buy electricity from the turbines.

No location has been announced and it would be much smaller than the ambitious and now-defunct Bluewater Wind project.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the University of Delaware has been the site of leading offshore wind power research.

That includes Jeremy Firestone who has been the key figure in building a research turbine on the coast of Lewes.