The United States Department of the Interior, along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), announced that they have started the process to lease the first commercial offshore windfarm in Delaware.
The Department of Interior (DOI) also concluded that there was no competitive interest in the region, and has begun working with NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware on a future commercial lease agreement off the Atlantic coast. We recently reported that the DOI had opened up commenting on offshore proposals in what was an almost year-long process of looking for interested parties in wind development.
Bluewater Wind Delaware has proposed a phased wind turbine development 11 miles east of Dewey Beach, with power to be sold to the utility company Delmarva. Because the DOI didn’t hear back from any competing organizations for the 122 square nautical miles outlined for development, the full report of which is available for public viewing, they will soon publish their decision in the Federal Registry as a Determination of No Competitive Interest (DNCI) as required by offshore renewable energy regulations.
The Delaware project will also be evaluated by BOEMRE for vessel traffic and environmental impact after the commercial lease agreement is approved. The decision to encourage develop off of the Atlantic coast comes as part of the President’s goal of having 54 gigawatts of offshore wind energy producing capacity by 2030.