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Offshore wind being explored in the First State

A new report presented to Delaware's highest officials focuses on the potential for offshore wind power.

Proposed Offshore Wind Procurement Strategy for Delaware is a recent layout that offers recommendations on how to structure an offshore wind procurement strategy to meet Delaware’s needs.

“This report provides the background, current economic conditions, and options for the Governor and state legislators to consider as Delaware charts its path forward in the development of a comprehensive offshore wind program,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin.

Recommendations in the report include adopting legislation authorizing the procurement of offshore wind, and additional stipulations for the proposed procurement plan. DNREC said the procurement plan should include as much flexibility as possible for changing industry conditions, and should include possible partnerships with neighboring states on procurement, transmission, and supply chain development.

“The strategic value of offshore wind for Delaware is underscored by the fact that there are not many other options available for delivering sufficient renewable energy at the scale that will be needed to meet the state’s renewable energy goals,” the report said.

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