Maryland promotes offshore wind energy

(The Center Square) – The Department of the Interior announced a memorandum of understanding between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Maryland aimed at enhancing offshore wind energy development off the coast of Maryland, consistent with President’s goals Joe Biden on clean energy.

Gov. Wes Moore, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi led Friday’s signing ceremony in Annapolis. Moore emphasized Maryland’s commitment to offshore wind energy and economic growth.

“Offshore wind energy means new manufacturing jobs, higher wages and more opportunities to grow prosperity for Maryland families… together we will build an economy that is both green and growing,” the governor said.

In recognition of BOEM and Maryland’s commitment, Haaland emphasizes Maryland’s critical role in maximizing the national benefits of offshore wind energy development. “Maryland will play an important role in helping achieve the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious renewable energy goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030,” Haaland said.

Haaland highlighted the partnership with the MOU to assist in the ongoing efforts to advance offshore wind projects by conducting lease auctions, working with the state and other stakeholders through the Central Atlantic Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, and through existing developments in the Central Atlantic to support.


In December 2023, the Biden-Harris administration and several federal departments and state officials committed to exploring wind energy areas off the coast of Maryland, aligning with Biden’s Investing in America agenda by improving infrastructure, private sector investments in manufacturing and attract clean energy and generate good energy. employment in the clean energy sector.

Zaidi reiterated the administration’s commitment to accelerating collaboration with states like Maryland, adding that “this strong partnership will ensure that American workers and communities can reap the benefits of this growing industry.”