Delaware Democrats Urge Support For University Of Delaware Offshore Wind Project

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Tuesday evening, Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Congressman John Carney urged the Secretary to review and support a joint proposal by the University of Delaware (UD) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to establish an offshore wind test site off of the Delaware coast. The offshore wind test site would provide crucial research necessary to advance the effectiveness of the wind energy industry. This site will lead to national and regional advances in the knowledge base of the industry for the benefit of all Delawareans. As the state grapples with increased energy demand, rising energy costs, and environmental concerns, Delaware needs to be a leader in clean energy innovation that will have an immediate impact. Carper, Coons, and Carney also recognize creating manufacturing jobs in Delaware is important for the state’s economic future.

The project is also supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Siemens, Gamesa, Vestas, the Port of Wilmington and Delmarva Power, Governor Jack Markell, and  Delaware House Energy Chair John Kowalko. Kowalko spoke about how the project will create jobs in the state in this video. The proposed wind projects will replace the jobs lost from the closing of the GM/Chrysler plant with 900 manufacturing jobs created by the bloom energy project. In the long term, a successful wind energy industry off the Atlantic coast will bring even more manufacturing jobs to Delaware that are currently overseas. Wind turbines and generators currently manufactured abroad would be brought to states like ours.

We must continue to support off-shore wind projects and other renewable energy industries which are beneficial for the environment, promote long-term job growth, and will immediately return manufacturing jobs to our state.