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Baltimore PMC Urges BOEM to Increase Offshore Wind Energy Area


The Baltimore Port Maritime Council, acting on behalf of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, signed onto the following statement urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to reconsider its Wind Energy Area map to include more offshore development space for wind farms:

Governor Moore and the state of Maryland have shown tremendous leadership in support of the offshore wind industry. By setting an ambitious goal of building 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind through the Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources (POWER) Act we have taken steps to bring good union jobs to Maryland, lower energy costs, and cut our state’s pollution to improve our health.

One critical step needed to facilitate Maryland achieving its offshore wind goal is for the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to grant sufficient offshore wind lease areas in the Central Atlantic. Maryland will not be able to achieve our climate goals if the lease areas offered are not adequate, and so we are urging BOEM to ensure Maryland can meet its commitment to offshore wind.

It is possible to build 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind in this region and still meet the needs of all ocean users, including the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and NASA. If Maryland’s offshore wind potential is slashed by a subpar Central Atlantic lease sale, it will cost Maryland jobs, worsen our health outcomes, and make it impossible to meet our climate goals. Maryland has attracted union manufacturing jobs by expanding our promise of offshore wind, but factories need a pipeline of projects in order to operate. If BOEM fails to lease sufficient acreage in the Central Atlantic to meet Maryland’s new goal as well as create room to spare (to account for current and anticipated demand from neighboring states like Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey), then supply chain companies will be less likely to make investments in Maryland, and we could even see existing commitments rolled back. A report by Gabel Associates found that every megawatt hour of offshore wind energy the state generates saves over $50 from reduced air pollution induced health and environmental costs. If we lose the ability to build gigawatts of turbines, that will mean billions of dollars in additional healthcare costs for the state. Maryland has the most ambitious near term climate goal in the country, 60% greenhouse gas reduction by 2031. The state is legally obligated to meet this goal, which is already hard to do and will become extremely difficult, if not impossible if our offshore wind potential is reduced. For our jobs, our health, and our climate, we need offshore wind lease space to accommodate the

production of 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind.

Maryland has achieved liftoff for our offshore wind economy, and now it is time to secure the industry and the benefits it will bring to our state. We urge BOEM to approve ocean lease areas that will allow Maryland to meet our goal of 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind.

Signed :

AFGE Local 1923, AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Community Services of Central Maryland

Audubon Mid-Atlantic

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

Climate Reality Greater Maryland

Elders Climate Action Maryland

Environmental Justice Ministry Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Heron-There Far,

Howard County Climate Action

IBEW Local 24 – Baltimore and Salisbury MD

Indivisible Howard County

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Ironworkers Mid-Atlantic States District Council

IUOE Local 37

Locust Point Community Garden

Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Maryland Legislative Coalition

MD Legislative Coalition Climate Justice Wing

NAACP Maryland State Conference

Nuclear Information and Resource Service


SMART Transportation Division

Strum Contracting Company Inc.

UAW Local 239


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