NRG Bluewater Wind could sign lease for land off Delaware coast, move on to environmental reviews for offshore wind project if U.S. Interior Dept. determines no significant impact of offshore wind development

WILMINGTON, Delaware , July 13, 2011 () – A proposed wind farm off the Delaware coast is getting closer to reality.

NRG Bluewater has the first contract in the nation for offshore wind power, signed in 2008 with Delmarva Power. The Department of the Interior announced Monday it would open a 30-day public comment period on the environmental and socioeconomics impacts of offshore renewable-energy projects off the coast of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.

If the department determines there is no significant impact on Delaware, NRG Bluewater could sign a lease for a tract of land off the southern Delaware shore and then move forward with more detailed environmental reviews.

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