Annapolis, Maryland (July 30, 2012) — The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced the first request for proposals (RFP) to be funded out of the Offshore Wind Development Fund developed as a result of the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy. The RFP, entitled, “High Resolution Geophysical Resource Survey,” will fund a study on the geophysical resources of the area designated by the U.S. Department of Interior as suitable for offshore wind energy. The information gathered in the study will give developers a better understanding of the depth and texture of the sea floor and provide valuable information necessary for federal approval of an offshore wind farm.

“Offshore wind has the potential to be a big „win‟ for our State: a win for jobs, a win for consumers, a win for business, and a win for our energy future—an energy future which is cleaner, greener, more sustainable, and more affordable,” said Malcolm D. Woolf, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “I have confidence that the information gathered through this study will help Maryland reap the benefits of offshore wind.”
The ultimate objective of the data gathering mission is to develop a high-resolution map of Maryland‟s “Wind Energy Area” to reduce uncertainty associated with project development and ultimately lower project costs. This will support a large utility-scale wind farm that will supply consumers with a sustainable source of clean, reliable renewable energy, provide significant economic development benefits, and secure price stability for the future.

Proposals MUST be submitted by 2pm on September 6, 2012. There will be a pre-proposal conference held at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offices on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10am. MEA is located at 60 West Street, Suite 300 in Annapolis.

To apply, please submit your proposal to:
Maryland Energy Administration 60 West Street, Suite 300 Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Attention: Maria Ulrich, Procurement Officer

See the source: http://energy.maryland.gov/documents/MarylandEnergyAdministrationAnnouncesRequestforProposalstoSupportMarylandOffshoreWindDevelop.pdf