Governor Hogan joined the governors of North Carolina and Virginia today to announce a collaborative effort that would propel offshore wind projects and promote the region as a hub for the wind energy industry.
The three states from the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast have come together to form the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER) Leadership Team.
“Maryland has been leading the charge when it comes to real, bipartisan, common sense solutions and we are proud to continue setting an example for the nation of bold environmental leadership,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “Joining this multi-state partnership to expand offshore wind development will further our strong record of supporting responsible energy projects that provide jobs, clean air benefits, and energy independence.”
As Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states become a focus for offshore wind developers and supply chain companies, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia recognize that the fast-growing, global offshore wind industry has significant potential to drive economic development and job creation as well as reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollutants. According to the United State Department of Energy, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments, and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030.
Working together, the three states will bring more jobs to the area as they encourage the manufacturing of parts within the region, reduce costs through the development of a local supply chain, and share best practices with industry leaders.
For more information, see the full press release.