MD Offshore Wind Bids Forthcoming

Dominion Resources filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management February 18 to be among the bidders for almost 80,000 acres off the coast of Maryland set aside for wind farm development. The auction is likely to take place this year.

Two Public Land RE Projects Approved

The Department of Interior approved February 19 two large solar projects in California and Nevada, marking approval of the 49th and 50th utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands since 2009. All combined, the projects add up to 14GW, inching the administration closer to its 20GW renewable power on public lands goal by 2020. The 300MW Stateline solar farm in San Bernardino County, CA, sits on 1,685 acres, while the 250MW Silver State South solar project in Primm, NV, will be located near the first solar project on public lands to come online, the Silver State North project; the First Solar projects will produce enough electricity to power 170,000 homes and have 20-year power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison.