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Project facts
The Skipjack Wind projects will generate enough energy to power over 300,000 Delmarva homes.

Skipjack Wind will yield over $635 million in economic development commitments to the State of Maryland and the creation of thousands of temporary construction and long-term supply chain and operations jobs.
Those investments include:

  • $140 million to support the development of the nation’s first sub-sea array cable manufacturing facility to be located at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Development of an offshore wind turbine tower manufacturing facility in the State of Maryland
  • $10 million to support STEM scholarship and workforce development programming designed to ensure that Skipjack’s tremendous economic opportunities are available to all communities.
  • $1 million in grant funding for environmental organizations in Maryland and Delaware.

Bringing green jobs to the region

Building on Ørsted’s landmark agreement with the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU), and the Baltimore - D.C. Metro Building and Construction Trades Council, the project is committed to bringing organized labor into both the onshore and offshore construction of this thriving industry.

Ørsted recently announced the acquisition of land in west Ocean City, Maryland that will be home to an emissions-free Operations and Maintenance Base. This state-of-the-art $20 million facility will serve Skipjack Wind and will create approximately 110 jobs.
  • What is Skipjack Wind?
    Skipjack Wind is a 966-megawatt offshore wind energy project that will power over 300,000 homes in the region and create significant economic opportunities for local businesses.  Skipjack Wind is scheduled to be operational in the second quarter of 2026.
  • Who is Ørsted?
    Skipjack Wind will be designed and built by Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind energy. In the United States, Ørsted operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and constructed the two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project – the first turbines to be installed in federal waters. Ørsted has secured nearly 5,000 megawatts of additional capacity through six projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ørsted Offshore’s North American business is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs approximately 250 people.
  • Why was it proposed?
    A number of U.S. states and the federal government are actively encouraging offshore wind growth due to its immense economic and environmental benefits. Maryland authorized at least 1,200 additional megawatts of offshore wind energy as part of the 2019 Clean Energy Jobs Act, and the federal government has set a goal of more than 44,000 workers employed in offshore wind by 2030 and nearly 33,000 additional jobs in communities supported by offshore wind activity.
  • How will Skipjack Wind’s power be brought onshore to connect to the regional electric grid?
    Skipjack Wind will connect to PJM, a regional electric grid serving several states.  Ørsted is currently evaluating critical components of the project, such as cable landfall and interconnection location. We look forward to continuing discussions about cable landfall and interconnection and receiving feedback directly from communities and stakeholders. Ørsted is committed to a transparent process in making these important decisions and will engage stakeholders at all levels before any final decisions are made.
  • How many wind turbines will Skipjack Wind include and how tall will they be?

    Though contingent on several factors including site investigation, permitting approval, project award, and stakeholder input, Ørsted projects that Skipjack Wind will require 69 turbine positions. In its proposal to the Maryland Public Service Commission, Ørsted utilizes the GE Haliade 14.7MW turbine which has the same physical dimensions at the 12MW turbine that was approved for use by the Commission in August 2020: the nacelle/hub height is approximately 550 feet from the waterline, blades are approximately 300 feet in length, total maximum height is approximately 850 feet from the waterline.

  • How far apart will turbines be placed, and will the wind farm be navigable?
    Turbines will be spaced at 0.8 nautical miles X 0.8 nautical miles (approximately 1 statute mile X 1 statute mile). Except for construction related closures for safety reasons, the wind farm will be open for navigation and fishing.
  • How far away from shore will turbines be built, and will I be able to see them?

    The federal government, in consultation with state and local governments and stakeholders, determined the shape and boundaries of the lease area. From north to south, the western boundary of the lease area moves away from shore. At its closest point, north of Rehoboth Beach, the western-most boundary is approximately 13 miles from shore. At its southernmost and farthest point, the westernmost boundary is approximately 21 miles from shore.

    However, those boundaries should not be taken as an accurate representation of turbine placement. Ørsted has agreed to a two-mile set back against the commercial shipping lane along the western and northern borders; turbine placement will also be subject to site investigation and project awards.

    For the purposes of Skipjack Wind distance to shore is dependent on location given the shape of the lease area relative to shore. At their closest, turbines are projected to be 15-16 miles from the DE coast and 20 miles from Maryland.

    Under certain weather conditions, turbines may be faintly visible from shore.

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