Offshore Wind

Delaware continues to explore opportunities and challenges presented by the growing offshore wind industry.

US Wind Project Federal Consistency Certification Comment Period
Federal Consistency Certifications for the US Wind Maryland Offshore Project have been submitted to the DNREC Coastal Management Program. Comments will be accepted through June 5, 2024. Federal consistency reviews help ensure that state and federal actions in Delaware’s Coastal Zone are consistent and coordinated. Find more information on these Federal Consistency Certifications, and information on how to submit comments, at

The state has set a target of achieving 40% renewable energy by 2035. Increasing renewable energy in Delaware is also identified as a strategy in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.

Offshore Wind Working Group

Governor John Carney established the Offshore Wind Working Group in August, 2017, to study opportunities for Delaware to participate in developing offshore wind.

The Offshore Wind Working group included a diverse group from government, industry, and the public. Bruce Burcat, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition, chaired the group. The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provided staffing resources.

The Working Group held a series of formal meetings and public comment workshops in 2017 and 2018 to develop a Report to Governor Carney (June 29, 2018). In this report, the Offshore Wind Working Group identified several options for additional study, including large scale purchases, incremental commitments to future projects, waiting until additional developers propose projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region and evaluating other renewable energy sources.

Study by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) at the University of Delaware has completed a report, Offshore Wind Procurement Options for Delaware, prepared at the request of DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. The purpose of the request was to conduct analysis of market conditions and options for developing offshore wind to serve Delaware.

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind is an independent project at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment that supports the advancement of offshore wind.

While the SIOW report offers useful insights to inform Delaware’s offshore wind discussions, it does not address all of the options put forward by the Offshore Wind Working Group. DNREC continues to study and evaluate all these options along with the technical challenges involved in connecting offshore wind to the power grid.

Proposed Offshore Wind Procurement Strategy for Delaware 

Legislation passed in the 2023 session directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to continue to work with PJM Interconnection, LLC to study the transmission impacts of offshore wind development, to work with neighboring states on offshore wind transmission, and to study and report back to the Governor and the General Assembly on a process for procuring offshore wind power. Read the Report

Related Documents

Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) Report

Memorandum of Understanding

Sec. Garvin Request Letter

Legislators’ Request Letter