The governors of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia struck a deal to advance offshore wind projects in the region and promote it as a hub for offshore wind energy and industry. The new Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER) provides a framework for the three states to promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy. It will be overseen by a SMART-POWER leadership team with representatives from each state. “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,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said. “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.” The three states recognize the offshore wind industry’s potential to drive economic development and job creation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Offshore wind development combined with our strong solar capacity will bring more high-paying, clean energy jobs to North Carolina while we continue to ramp up our fight against climate change,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. “This bipartisan agreement with neighboring […]

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