Why? Because yesterday, BlueWater Wind and Delmarva Power signed a deal to create North America's first offshore wind farm. Nothing is set in stone yet (there are backout clauses in the contract) but the $800m deal could power 50,000 homes - and their EVs - using 70 windmills off of Rehoboth Beach by 2012. According to ABG reader GoodCheer, who sent a tip in before anything was officially announced and seems to have the goods, these are the details:
-Delmarva Power will buy all production up to 200 MW @ 0.0968 / kW-h
-Farm size will be determined based on how many other customers BlueWater can drum up, up to a maximum of 600MW.
-Location will be 11.7-17.9 miles offshore, ENE of Rehoboth, DE.
-Proposed structure is monopile driven into the sand/gravel bottom (prehistoric flood-plane of the Delaware River), 30 m in.
-Turbine supplier TBD.
There's more at Delaware Online.
[Source: Delaware Online, GoodCheer]