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Delaware Utility Must Negotiate PPA from Proposed Offshore Wind Park

The Delaware Public Service Commission and three other state agencies made a landmark decision to order Delmarva Power & Light to negotiate a purchase power agreement (PPA) with Bluewater Wind LLC for what could be the nation's first offshore wind park.

Bluewater Wind has proposed a 600-megawatt (MW) wind park consisting of 200 3-MW turbines located between 11 and 17 highway miles off the Delaware coast.

"Bluewater Wind is excited about the opportunity to negotiate with Delmarva Power & Light to provide clean, renewable energy by building the nation's first offshore wind park," said Peter Mandelstam, president of Bluewater Wind. "We are optimistic that we will reach an outcome that will benefit all of Delmarva's ratepayers."

The Delaware Municipal Electricity Corporation, Inc. (DEMEC) and Bluewater Wind have already reached an agreement in which Bluewater Wind will provide stable-priced, reliable and clean power to 100,000 Delaware residents in many of the areas not served by Delmarva Power. The agreement would come into effect only if Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind are also able to come to an agreement.

The offshore wind park won the endorsement of former governors Russell Peterson and Pete du Pont, Lt. Governor John Carney, Delaware State Treasurer Jack Markell, United States Senator Tom Carper, and environmental organizations such as the Delaware Audubon Society, Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Delaware Nature Society as well as many local community groups.

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