Two companies exploring wind projects along coastal Delaware

By Matt McDonald
Posted 5/19/22

INDIAN RIVER INLET — Two energy companies are scouting potential routes along Delaware’s coast to bring power from their respective wind turbine projects to shore but remain mum on the …

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Two companies exploring wind projects along coastal Delaware

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INDIAN RIVER INLET — Two energy companies are scouting potential routes along Delaware’s coast to bring power from their respective wind turbine projects to shore but remain mum on the details for now.

Orsted, a Danish power company, is currently surveying locations parallel with Towers Beach and 3R’s Beach in connection with its Skipjack Wind projects. The Baltimore-based US Wind has been concentrating its offshore examinations in an area slightly farther to the south for its projects, called MarWin and Momentum Wind.

Taken together, the Orsted and US Wind projects will generate enough electricity to power close to 600,000 homes.

Both companies are eying the Indian River power plant as a potential location to connect to the area’s electric grid, though each has stressed that no final determination has been made. And neither company has decided where precisely power cables will be brought on shore, known as cable landfall.

Asked if the areas of US Wind’s surveying activity are indicative of where the company is considering making landfall, a representative confirmed only that the First State is the focus: “I think it’s fair to assume that we are looking at the Delaware coastline,” Nancy Sopko said.

Landfall location has been a contentious subject in the past. In 2019, Orsted proposed bringing power ashore in Fenwick Island State Park, promising $18 million in improvements to the recreational area. Residents there raised numerous objections to the plan, including developing what had otherwise been untouched land. The company withdrew it last year, citing concern for the park’s ecosystems.

Orsted and US Wind are emphasizing that they are committed to having an ongoing dialogue with community members about their respective landfall plans. One such opportunity will be on Friday, where Fenwick Island will be hosting a community forum about the wind projects at Indian River High School from 6 to 8 p.m.