Resources & FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about Skipjack Wind 1.  If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us at skipjack@us.orsted.com.

  • How many offshore wind projects are planned off Maryland’s coast?

    Two. Maryland’s Public Service Commission (MD PSC) awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) to two separate companies, U.S. Wind, Inc., and Ørsted, in May 2017 under docket 9431.

  • What is Skipjack Wind 1?
    Skipjack Wind 1, located off the coast of Maryland is being developed by Ørsted, America’s leading offshore wind company. Ørsted operates America’s first offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Block Island, RI. Once operational, Skipjack Wind 1 will generate enough green energy to power 40,000 homes.
  • How far from the Maryland coast is Skipjack Wind 1?
    Skipjack Wind 1 will be located over 20 miles from the Maryland-Delaware border and 26 miles from the Ocean City pier. 
  • What about the Delaware coast?
    At its closest distance, Skipjack Wind 1 will be approximately 19 miles off the Delaware shore.
  • Why is it located off the Maryland-Delaware coast?
    After significant public and stakeholder input, these locations (called “Wind Energy Areas”) were chosen by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). There are other Wind Energy Areas along the northeast coast. Ørsted acquired the lease from the previous leaseholder in 2015.
  • Have you determined the size of the Skipjack Wind 1 turbines?
    Yes. Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy the GE Haliade-X 12MW wind turbines. 
  • How many jobs will be created from Skipjack Wind 1’s development and operation?
    Skipjack Wind 1 will create nearly 1,400 local jobs. This includes 913 jobs (measured in Full-time Equivalents) during the development/construction phase and 484 jobs during the operating period. 
  • What’s the overall economic benefit to Maryland?
    Skipjack Wind 1 represents a significant economic investment in Maryland. Ørsted will spend at least 34% of the project’s total capital expenditures in Maryland, which is expected to be over $200 million, and contribute $6 million to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund, which benefits the local economy. Ørsted will also invest a combined $38 million in in-state port and fabrication facilities to help establish Maryland as a regional hub for offshore wind construction.
  • What government agencies have final approval for Skipjack Wind 1?
    The construction and operations of Skipjack Wind 1 will require more than a dozen permits, consents and approvals from a variety of federal and state agencies. The lead federal agency is the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). BOEM will conduct a federal review process under the National Environmental Policy Act, which includes a public comment period and input from a number of federal (US Coast Guard, NOAA, EPA), state, and local agencies. Ørsted hopes that the review will result in approval of their permits. 
  • Is there any impact on ocean fisheries?
    Independent research shows offshore wind and fishing can coexist. University of Maryland-Eastern Shore professor Bradley Stevens has written, “The hard structures that form the bases of the turbines will be ideal locations for coral, mussels and other sea life to grow, which will attract and support large numbers of black sea bass. Wind turbines could actually be a boon to local fisheries...This is a win-win situation for both man and fish.” (Daily Times, 6/3/18).
  • How will the power make it from the wind farm to shore?
    Skipjack Wind 1 will deliver its energy to a point on the existing regional electric transmission system (PJM) at a point on the Delmarva Peninsula using one or more submarine electric power cables. We are surveying and studying several locations in both Maryland and Delaware. 
  • Who is paying for this?
    Ørsted will pay for 100% of the cost of building, operating and maintaining Skipjack Wind 1. In May 2017, the MD PSC authorized both Skipjack Wind 1 and US Wind to sell their output, including the development of all onshore infrastructure like landfall and interconnection facilities, to Maryland ratepayers. Details of the PSC’s review and approval are documented as part of Docket 9431, which is publicly available online at: https://www.psc.state.md.us/search-results/?keyword=9431&x.x=0&x.y=0&search=all&search=case

    In Order Number 88192, the PSC authorized Skipjack Wind 1 to sell its output at a price of $0.17 per kilowatt-hour in the project’s first year of operation. 
     
  • What is the impact to ratepayers?
    Skipjack Wind 1 will be paid only for the energy it actually produces and delivers to the grid on the Delmarva peninsula. There will be no cost to ratepayers until the project is operational. The PSC has estimated that, once operational, the Skipjack Wind 1 project will cost each Maryland residential ratepayer an additional $0.43 per month.
  • How can I learn more about Skipjack Wind 1?

    Contact our team for more information and follow the project’s progress on Facebook & Twitter @OrstedUS.

    You can also review the project’s review and approval by the Maryland PSC at: https://www.psc.state.md.us/search-results/?q=9431&x.x=12&x.y=24&search=all&search=case

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