Salazar to make offshore wind announcement

BALTIMORE - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is heading to Baltimore to announce what department officials say is a major step toward developing wind energy off the coasts of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and New Jersey. 

Details of Thursday's announcement were not released, but Salazar said in a speech to the American Wind Energy Association in October that the agency had nearly completed environmental impact assessments for the nation's second offshore wind power lease.

Those plans hit a snag late last year when NRG Energy said it had ended a contract with Delmarva Power because of financing problems at its Bluewater Wind subsidiary. 

The Mid-Atlantic lease proposal follows the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts that was given the go-ahead in 2010 after years of federal review.

That project is still in development.


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