Earlier today, I joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Tommy Beaudreau at the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in Baltimore to talk about next steps in our continuing effort to spur wind energy development in Maryland.
Our federal partners are proposing to lease approximately 80,000 acres off the coast of Maryland for commercial wind energy development. Maryland’s offshore wind investment will create 850 construction and manufacturing jobs, plus 160 permanent supply and operations jobs after the site is completed. The site will generate $1.3 billion in total economic impact, and is expected to support the generation of up to 1,000 megawatts.
Today’s announcement gives Maryland momentum to continue to increase our renewable energy progress, create jobs, and encourage economic development. By working together, we can strengthen our in-state renewable energy generation, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce public health costs.
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has increased our renewable energy usage by 40 percent. Our workforce has more green jobs per capita than any state in the Mid-Atlantic region – the 6th highest concentration in the nation.
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