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UD Wind Power Program | Delaware Wind Energy Area

To our knowledge, the 2006-2007 Delaware Request for Proposals (RFP) under House Bill 6 (143rd General Assembly) was the first time worldwide that offshore wind has competed in an all-source RFP against coal and natural gas. The RFP resulted in Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power & Light consummating the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for offshore wind power in the Americas, which was approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2008. However, in 2011, NRG, the parent company of Bluewater Wind, withdrew from the PPA after failing to secure additional investment to fund the project and given uncertainty in federal tax incentives. Though the there is no longer a PPA for the wind project, NRG still holds the federal lease to the waters and hopes to develop the wind project in the future. For more information on the RFP, including the multi-year proceedings before the PSC, see Delaware Project. For more information regarding the plans to develop wind power off the Delaware coast, see the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Delaware website. The area to be developed by NRG Bluewater is now designated by BOEM as the Delaware Wind Energy Area. BOEM has designated a similar area off of Fenwick Island, Delaware and Ocean City Maryland, known as the Maryland Wind Energy Area.

BOEM Delaware Energy Area
BOEM's Delaware Energy Area

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