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US gets first offshore wind farm

turbine.jpgThings the US did before the UK:

Ate Krispy Kreme donuts
Put a man on the moon
Played American football

Things the UK did before the US:

Played proper football
Put up offshore wind farms

Yep, while the UK coastline may have a handful of wind farms already up and running (that’s assuming you have very tiny hands), the US looks like it’s set to get its very first offshore turbine, thanks to a new deal between Bluewater Wind and utility Delmarva Power.

Under the agreement, Bluewater will supply Delmarva Power with up to 200 MW of wind power for the next 25 years, using an offshore wind farm to built 11.5 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

More details for you:

Delmarva Power has agreed to purchase 200-megawatts of the power produced by the wind farm that is expected to have an output of up to 600 megawatts. Bluewater Wind will determine the final size of the wind farm within two years, during which time the company will seek additional buyers of power. In addition to its contract with Delmarva Power, Bluewater Wind has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Delaware Electric Municipal Corporation for the sale of approximately 100,000 to 150,000 megawatt hours of power and 17 megawatts of capacity to its nine municipal members. […]

Bluewater Wind will begin the initial planning stages for the wind farm that will include avian studies, installation of a meteorological tower and onsite wave buoys, commencement of more site borings, designation of the final wind farm layout, and work on staging, operation and maintenance ports.

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