Three Mid-Atlantic States Form Offshore Wind Partnership

November 12, 2009

The governors of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware announced on November 11 a tri-state partnership for the deployment of offshore wind energy in the Mid-Atlantic coastal region. Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and Maryland Governor Martin O. Malley signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating a formal partnership that will build on the region's offshore wind resources to generate renewable energy and a sustainable market that will bring new economic opportunities. "In these tough economic times, it's more important than ever that we invest in renewable energy sources that will create jobs and provide cleaner, more affordable energy for our families and communities. One of the best things we can do to lift ourselves out of a challenging economy today is to invest in a greener, cleaner tomorrow," said Kaine.

Through the MOU, the Mid-Atlantic states will focus on leveraging resources and information to bring offshore wind energy to the region. The group will begin by identifying common transmission strategies for offshore wind energy deployment in the region, discussing ways to encourage sustainable market demand for this renewable resource, and working collaboratively in pursuing federal energy policies which help advance offshore wind in the area. The MOU also calls for examination of ways to coordinate regional supply chain facilities to secure supply, deployment, and operations and maintenance functions to support offshore wind energy facilities.

Some groundwork was already underway. For example, on September 15, Kaine submitted a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service requesting the formation of a federal-state-local task force to guide and facilitate the process of leasing federal waters off the Virginia coast for wind power development. See Governor Kaine's press release.