The Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City.
The move makes Maryland the second state in the nation, after Delaware, to have reached this stage in off-shore wind development.
The closest turbines to the coast will be roughly 10 nautical miles from Ocean City
and won’t be able to be seen from the beach, according to the U.S. Department of the
Roughly 300 spinning turbines could power about 30% of Maryland’s energy needs, according to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration.