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WASHINGTON – The Delaware delegation praised today’s Earth Day announcement by President Obama that brings good news to proposed offshore wind projects in Delaware.

Today, the Department of the Interior put out a long-awaited framework for renewable energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf that establishes a program to grant leases, easements and rights-of-way for orderly, safe and environmentally responsible renewable energy development activities, such as the siting and construction of off-shore wind farms. 

This news comes just one month after Sens. Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman (both D-Del.) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) joined others in sending a letter to the Department of the Interior urging quick completion of these federal regulations that would allow more wind energy projects, like Bluewater Wind planned off Rehoboth Beach.

The Delaware delegation said:

“This is great news for Delaware because now our state can move forward with one of the first offshore wind project in the United States.

“This is great news for Delawareans who can look forward to getting clean, renewable energy -- electricity that does not contribute to air and water pollution or the growing threat of global warming.

“And this is great news for companies like Bluewater Wind that are developing offshore wind energy resources that will put people to work by creating green jobs in Delaware.”