Delaware may become home to the largest wind power plant in the United States. A wind energy developer, Bluewater Wind, hopes to build a 600-megawatt wind park in the waters just off Delaware’s coast. The wind park would power 130,000 homes for over 20 years, at price cheaper than coal or gas, according to Bluewater Wind’s founder Peter Mandelstam. His company has already built a wind farm in Montana that provides power to more than 45,000 homes.
The offshore wind project in Delaware may have good chance of becoming a reality, because, as Salon reports:
…Delaware lawmakers last year declared they needed a brand-new source of power. Deregulation had led to a 59 percent power rate increase, and they wanted to make sure that wouldn’t happen again so soon. So last April, Delaware’s legislators called for competitive bids for a new, long-term contract with the state’s utility, Delmarva. Four state agencies are expected by June 15 to choose between Mandelstam’s wind-turbine project and competing bids from coal and gas.
Also, polls show that offshore wind is overwhelmingly popular in Delaware. The state was graded a “F” for air pollution by the American Lung Association.
Still, Bluewater Wind faces challenges in convincing Delaware officials with close ties to the coal and gas industries.
See more info in the Salon article.