Baltimore County lands Maryland’s first offshore wind center

07/23/2019| Amanda Winters

Baltimore County lands Maryland’s first offshore wind center

07/23/2019 | Amanda Winters

The transformation of Sparrows Point continues, with the state’s first offshore wind energy center officially locating in Baltimore County. The announcement was made earlier today with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, state and local officials from the region, and representatives from the partnering companies.

The partnership, a collaboration between Tradepoint Atlantic and global energy company Ørsted, will deliver 50 acres for the staging center, with five acres alongside Tradepoint’s deep berth.

Ørsted is currently working on Skipjack Wind Farm, an offshore site nearly 20 miles off the coast of Maryland, which is expected to begin construction in the next two years. According to the Baltimore Sun, Skipjack could create up to 1,400 jobs throughout the state and provide enough clean energy to power 35,000 homes.

Lt. Governor Rutherford stated that this news will help Tradepoint Atlantic stay an economic powerhouse, as it was in the 20th century.

“Never before have we celebrated the start of an offshore wind staging center in Maryland, and I can’t think of a site more perfectly suited to the task than this one,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Today’s announcement puts Tradepoint Atlantic on the global map for the offshore wind energy industry.”

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