Wind Farm to be Built off Coast of Rehoboth!

by Dave on June 23, 2008

Stay tuned for more details, but it appears that Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power have signed an agreement to build a wind farm off of Rehoboth Beach. From the News Journal:

Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind have called a 1 p.m. news conference, which one official close to the negotiations said will be to announce a deal between the two parties.

An advisory sent out by Delmarva says: “A news conference has been scheduled for this afternoon to update the public on negotiations between Delmarva Power and Babcock & Brown on a long-term agreement to buy offshore wind power from a proposed facility off the Delaware coast.”

A Bluewater advisory, meanwhile, was headlined: “Bluewater Wind, Delmarva Power to Make Major Announcement.”

Senate Majority Leader Anthony DeLuca, Delmarva President Gary Stockbridge, and Hunter Armistead, head of Babcock & Brown’s North American energy development division, are scheduled to attend, according to the advisory.

UPDATE 3PM: There is a deal.

Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind said today they have reached an agreement on a long-term power purchase contract needed for Bluewater to build a wind farm off of the Delaware coast.

The deal, in negotiation for months, calls for Delmarva to purchase up to 200 megawatts of electricity from the wind farm.

That’s down from the 300 megawatts that would have been required under a state-mediated contract that Delmarva objected to this spring because it called for buying too much electricity at too high a price.

Construction would begin in two to three years and Bluewater would begin delivering wind-power energy around 2012 or 2013.

Bluewater has been seeking the state’s permission to build a 150-turbine wind farm 11.7 miles east of Rehoboth Beach.

Details of the contract are being released a a press conference this afternoon in Newark.

The News-Journal even asked your humble blogger for a comment.

Wind power supporter Dave Burris, a former Sussex Republican Party chairman and blogger, said ordinary people deserve a lot of the credit.

“They were average citizens that pushed this thing to where it was today,” said Burris, of the Lewes area. “It’s a great day.”

He said bloggers, particularly Tom “Tommywonk” Noyes of Wilmington, played a key role by analyzing and diseminating reams of complicated data and information.

“Prior to this point in history there really wouldn’t have been the opportunity for average citizens to find out for themselves the raw information,” Burris said. ‘There are a lot of big heroes in this sort of thing.”


Tom Gray June 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm

That’s great news! Congratulations to you and all who helped move this effort forward.

Thomas O. Gray
American Wind Energy Association

Dave June 23, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Thanks, Tom. It’s exciting to be the first area in the nation to have an offshore wind farm. When I posted my first blog on the subject in September of 2006, I never thought we would be here today. Keep up the good work.

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