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DOI Auctions 80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland for Wind Energy Development
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on August 19 held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for potential wind energy development in federal waters with an offering of nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland. The provisional winner is US Wind Inc. with a bid of about $8,7 million.
The lease sale, conducted by DOI's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, included two areas: the North Lease Area (32,737 acres) and the South Lease Area (46,970 acres). These areas together comprise the Maryland Wind Energy Area, located about 10 nautical miles offshore Ocean City, Maryland, which has the potential to support between 850 and 1450 megawatts of commercial power generation, according to the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. When fully built, wind turbines in the Maryland Wind Energy Area could generate enough energy to power about 300,000 homes. See the DOI news release.