Offshore wind farms on the fast track in Maryland with new Memo of Understanding

10 June 2024- Governor Wes Moore just last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to advance Maryland’s offshore wind development in the Central Atlantic. The agreement, the Governor said, will help make Maryland more competitive by building a more robust supply chain, creating more jobs for Marylanders, and supporting more coordinated, resilient, and sustainable development of offshore wind generation. Offshore wind development is also a critical component of Maryland meeting state climate goals.

“Maryland is serious about offshore wind – not just because of what it means for our environment, but also because of what it means for our economy,” said Gov. Moore. “Offshore wind means new manufacturing jobs, higher wages, and more opportunity to grow wealth for Maryland families. I’m grateful to the Biden-Harris Administration and all of our partners at the local, state, and federal levels for their partnership in this work. Together, we will build an economy that is both green and growing.” 

The agreement recognizes the commitments of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the State of Maryland to explore and develop areas for offshore wind leasing to ensure efficient development of offshore wind, maximize national domestic benefits from offshore wind development, and address the gaps in available offshore wind leasing area availability.

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,” said U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. “Today’s announcement represents another important step towards a clean, reliable energy future with good-paying jobs and economic opportunities that are accessible to communities across America.”

“With today’s partnership agreement, the Biden-Harris Administration accelerates our work in lock step with key state partners like Maryland to build the American offshore wind industry, cut energy costs for families, and create thousands of good-paying jobs, all while tackling the climate crisis,” said President Biden’s National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. “Thanks to President Biden’s vision and strong partnership with leaders like Governor Moore, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Cardin, the Biden-Harris Administration will continue to work closely with Maryland to responsibly develop additional areas for offshore wind leasing in the Central Atlantic and grow this industry. The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to use every available tool to ensure American workers and communities reap the economic and environmental benefits of this growing industry in Maryland and across the country.”