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Offshore wind lease sale 26 miles from Delaware Bay is Aug. 14

Posted on July 1, 2024

DOVER — The Department of the Interior announced Friday that it would hold a central Atlantic offshore wind energy lease auction by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Aug. 14.

The site could generate up to 6.3 gigawatts of energy and power up to 2.2 million homes, according to an agency release. Lease Area A-2 consists of 101,443 acres and is approximately 26 nautical miles from the Delaware Bay.

The bureau said it is including several lease stipulations and bidding credits within the zone. Some of these include:

  • Providing a 12.5% bidding credit to bidders who commit to workforce training for the offshore wind industry, developing a domestic supply chain for the industry or a combination of both
  • Providing a 12.5% bidding credit to bidders who establish a fisheries compensatory mitigation fund or contribute to a fund to mitigate negative impacts to fisheries
  • Stipulations that lessees make every reasonable effort to enter into a project labor agreement covering the construction stage of any project for the lease areas; communication plans for tribes, agencies and fisheries; and semiannual reports on engagement activities with tribes and communities

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