Wind power in Delaware

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Wind potential in Delaware

The potential of on-shore wind power in Delaware is minimal, having a potential of generating at most 22 GWh/year.[1] Delaware's principal wind potential is from offshore wind. A 2012 assessment estimates that 15,038 MW of offshore wind turbines could generate 60,654 GWh/year.[1] Delaware generated 11,522 GWh from all generating sources in 2011.[2]

As of the end of 2016, 2 MW of large scale wind capacity had been constructed in Delaware. There were no projects under construction.[3] Five thousand Megawatt-hours of electricity were produced by wind power in 2015 within the state.[4] A single 256-foot tall, 210-ton turbine at the University of Delaware in Lewes was built in 2010 for generating and educational purposes[5]

The state of Delaware ran a request for proposals (RFP) during 2006-2007 that is notable as the first known RFP, world-wide, in which offshore wind power competed equally against coal and natural gas power alternatives.[6]

Proposed projects[edit]

The Delaware Offshore Wind Farm was a proposed project which did not advance.[7] Two other off shore wind farms are proposed for offshore Delaware, one supplying energy to Maryland[8] and the other to New Jersey.

Wind farm Capacity
Offshore BOEM wind energy lease area coordinates Developer/Utility Turbines States Regulatory agency Refs
Skipjack 120MW Offshore Delaware
OCS-A 0519[9]
16.9 nautical miles-19.5 miles (31.4 km) from coast opposite area south of Indian River Outlet and Fenwick Island 26,332 acres (10,656 ha)[10] Ørsted GE Wind Energy 10 12MW GE Haliade-X MD Maryland PSC [11][12][13][14]
Garden State Offshore Energy Offshore Delaware
OC-A 482 [9]
opposite Rehobeth Beach between Indian River Outlet and Cape Henlopen Ørsted NJ [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Renewable Energy Technical Potential
  2. ^ Electric Power Monthly February 2012 Table 5.4.B.
  3. ^ "U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report". American Wind Energy Association. American Wind Energy Association. January 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report". U.S. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
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  6. ^ "Offshore Wind Power Delaware Project".
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  9. ^ a b "Delaware Activities | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management".
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  11. ^ "Skipjack - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore".
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  13. ^ Rentsch, Julia. "Taller, more distant turbines put Ocean City offshore wind projects back under state review". Delmarva Daily Times.
  14. ^ "Maryland PSC Gives Go-Ahead to US Wind, Deepwater Wind Projects". Offshore Wind. May 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Garden State Offshore Energy - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore".

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